Minister accused of taking from church

September 3, 2009 10:29:36 AM PDT
Chatham County deputies said Thursday that they've charged a local minister with stealing from his own church.Johnnie Ray Lewis, 55, of 546 Roscoe Road, Bear Creek was booked on felony embezzlement charged.

Investigators say he took $22,200 from funds for a cabinet project at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Siler City. The arrest comes at the end of a 3-month investigation.

Lewis was released on a $3,000 bond. His first court date is September 14.

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