Ex-church treasurer embezzled thousands from NC church

Lenial Mertis Brite. (Sheriff's Department Photo)


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating a wanted fraud suspect who embezzled thousands of dollars from a church.

Lenial Mertis Brite Jr. is a 57-year-old black male who is 6-foot-2, 310 pounds.

Brite is wanted for nine counts of embezzlement that occurred between Feb. 2015 and Jan. 2016.

He is accused of embezzling $24,108.18 from Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Doc Bennett Road, in Fayetteville. Brite was serving as the church treasurer when the money was misappropriated.

If you have any information regarding this suspect please contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Crimestoppers (910) 483-8477.

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