January 22, 2019

Former Treasurer Arrested for Stealing from Church

(Lagrange, GA) — According to a press release issued by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have arrested a former church treasurer after a complaint was received from the leadership in a local church regarding a possible theft.

Investigators charged John D. Murphy, age 51 of LaGrange, with one count of theft by taking over $1500.00.

Church leaders of the Friendship Baptist, located at 106 N. Barnard, discovered large sums of U.S. currency missing and asked the Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation.

Murphy allegedly told investigators he took money from the church in a variety of ways, over many years and used it for daily expenses, house payments and other personal expenditures.

The total theft was over $80,000 and Murphy is currently in the Troup County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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