Ozark pastor charged with forging checks in members' names

OZARK, Ala. - The pastor of Greater Sardis Missionary Baptist Church faces charges of forging members' names onto three of the church's benevolent fund checks.

Police said the Reverend Stephen Hudson turned himself in to the Ozark Police Department Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest last month.

Hudson, who is 55, is accused of signing the checks in the names of Carl Crittenden and Nellie Traylor for payment at two utility companies and a convenience store.

Crittenden filed three different police reports for each check.

Hudson is charged with three counts of possessing forged instruments and could face between one to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said an investigation had been ongoing for several months resulting in last month's indictment against Hudson.

Courtesy: Associated Press