SC church secretary stole $97,000 from church for drugs

South Carolina church secretary Debora Bradshaw Barield (Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A church secretary in South Carolina is accused of stealing $97,000 from her church to buy drugs, according to the CBS affiliate in Columbia.

WLTX is reporting that Debora Bradshaw Barfield, 53, is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent and forgery.

The station reported that Barfield is accused of taking money from St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lugoff. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office got involved, WLTX reported.

The station said Barfield told deputies she stole the money to buy drugs in Columbia.

“This incident should be a wake-up call for all churches where significant sums of money are collected weekly,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a statement. “It is important to trust those in charge of church funds, but it is imperative that a system be put in place to verify how those funds are accounted for in order to keep everyone honest.”

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