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Woman admits taking nearly $100k from church to buy drugs

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KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina woman was arrested after she admitted to stealing nearly $100,000 from a church to buy drugs.

According to WISTV, 53-year-old Debora Bradshaw Barfield is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent and forgery.

The finance committee at St. John’s United Methodist Church became suspicious of Barfield and contacted the sheriff’s office after she repeatedly failed to provide financial documents for an annual audit.

The church set up the annual audit after a pastor and bookkeeper stole $136,000 from the church in 2008, according to WISTV.

Investigators say bank records showed discrepancies in church funds and proved the church’s claims against Barfield.

Barfield turned herself into authorities on May 9 and was released on a $25,000 bond.

If convicted, Barfield could face 20 years in prison.