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"After a lengthy investigation with the Sheriff's Department, it was learned that Crystal Moore Dycus was the Treasurer at the church and she was responsible for the accounts there at the church and she admitted to taking money from the church," says Sumner County Sheriff's Department Detective Lisa House.
After 14 years as Treasurer, Marsha Davis turned the job over to Crystal. In November, Marsha got a call form the bank that the church account was overdrawn. Marsha says church investment CD's were closed without their knowledge and bank records show large ATM withdrawals and unauthorized purchases for things like Netflix.
"We trusted her and we never thought anything like this would happen, especially when she's standing in front of the church every Sunday looking at us straight in the eye," says Davis. "You know, it's just pretty sad."
Officials say the theft occurred between March of 2011 and November of 2012, totaling $160,000. It's a crippling loss for this small country church.
"My opinion is always have a backup system," says Detective House. "Always have somebody double check someone else's work."
Crystal Moore Dycus has a hearing next month on money laundering and theft charges. Last August, she was arrested for Possession of Schedule II and Schedule III Drugs for Resale.
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Man facing extradition for murder claims innocence
June 17, 2013 20:24 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A former U.S. Marine facing extradition to the Philippines on double murder charges says he is innocent.
Timothy Kaufman has been in jail since his arrest in April at business near his grandfather's Albany-area home. The 35-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of three men charged by Philippine authorities with killing a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend in 2011.
Authorities claim it was a premeditated killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.
In a handwritten letter sent to the media from jail, Kaufman says he would never do something as "heinous and stupid" as killing the couple. He says he left the country after the killings because he feared for his safety.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for June 25 in Albany federal court.
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