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Man charged with embezzling from church

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A Fredericksburg man is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from a Stafford church where he worked.

Edward Eugene Williams Jr., 45, was indicted on a single embezzlement charge this week by a Stafford County grand jury.

According to police and the indictment, Williams worked as an Information Technologies specialist at Strong Tower Ministries on Ferry Road in southern Stafford when the thefts occurred between October 2011 and February of this year.

Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said Detective Eric Chinault began a several-month investigation earlier this year after discrepancies were discovered in the church finances. The investigation quickly led to Williams.

Decatur said police believe Williams was transferring church funds into a PayPal account and into his personal account. Decatur said Williams also used a church credit card to pay for personal items.

Both prosecutor Ryan Frank and defense attorney Mark Gardner said Williams has been fully cooperative in the investigation and is planning to make restitution.

The case is in Stafford Circuit Court. No trial date has been set.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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