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Man to make restitution for stealing from Stafford church

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A man who stole more than $100,000 from a Stafford County church received a suspended three-year prison term Thursday after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

Edward Eugene Williams Jr., 46, of Fredericksburg entered the plea in Stafford Circuit Court.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Ryan Frank, Williams stole $112,895 from Strong Tower Ministries on Ferry Road in southern Stafford between October 2011 and February of this year.

Williams worked as an information technologies specialist at the church. Detective Eric Chinault began an investigation last year after discrepancies were discovered in the church’s finances.

The investigation quickly led to Williams, who police said was diverting church funds into a PayPal account and into his personal account.

He also used a church credit card to pay for personal items, the evidence showed.

Williams, who was represented by attorney Mark Gardner, admitted to his wrongdoing early on and assisted in the investigation.

His plea agreement calls for him to begin making restitution in October and to pay no less than $800 per month until the debt is repaid.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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