Georgia pastor charged with stealing $250,000 from church

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The former pastor of a historic Savannah church stole more than $250,000 in tithes and offerings from church members over the course of a decade, funneling parishioners' money into his personal bank account and spending it at retailers including Victoria's Secret, according to a federal indictment.

A grand jury indicted the Rev. Corey Megill Brown on 85 counts of wire fraud and 12 counts of mail fraud, according to charges filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The indictment says Brown diverted checks from his congregation at Second African Baptist Church to an account he controlled and used to make personal withdrawals between March 2005 and February 2014.

Brown kept the account a secret from the church's board, elders and deacons, the indictment said, as "he was embezzling, stealing, misappropriating, and unlawfully converting money intended as tithes and offerings for Second African Baptist Church for his own personal benefit."