Former pastor and presiding AME elder Jonathan Roberts and his alleged partner in crime, Roberta Simmons, were charged with crimes related to the alleged stealing of funds from their church. Saint Stephens AME Church is Hardeeville, S.C., is missing about $50k from its bank account.
"There was an account that a couple of years ago contained about $56,000 and now contained only about $2,000," Nagy said.
Nagy said investigators are unsure how much money Simmons and Roberts may have stolen or what they did with it.
"Those are the kinds of questions we're trying to get answered to get justice in this case, and satisfy the congregation," Nagy said. "This is still an ongoing investigation. These are the first two charges that we've made but it would not surprise me if there were more charges or if we found out there were other people involved."
Why do people steal such small sums of money from a church where the crime will eventually be discovered? My personal theory is they bet on church elders not wanting a public scandal.