Church Member Arrested for Church Theft

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Who would steal from a church? One Montgomery congregation is pointing the finger at one of its own members. Members of Morning Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church aren't talking about the indictment and theft arrest, but the District Attorney is talking about it only to WSFA 12 News.

WSFA is not sure of the exact amount that was allegedly stolen from the church. The District Attorney would only say the amount is more than $2,500. Michael Washington, who works in the County Probate office, is accused of stealing the money from the church over several years. The pastor of the westside church on Goode Street did not want to comment on the indictment, but he did say Washington had a position in the church which had authority over church funds.

Montgomery District Attorney Ellen Brooks said about the indictment, "Unfortunately, we've had a number of cases where churches and other businesses have been the victims of crimes of people that they trusted who allegedly took money. From the victims point of view, I'm not speaking as a prosecutor, it is a betrayal from the victims point of view it is a betrayal and I think that's the thing that makes it so hard."

Washington is out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

When we reached Michael Washington he said he is a former member of the Morning Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and other than that he said he had no comment.