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Raleigh pre-school director accused of stealing from church

Posted June 10, 2009

— Authorities have charged a church pre-school director with embezzling more than $150,000 from the church.

Cindy Ferrell, 37, is accused of stealing the money from the Children's Center at Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh between 2004 and 2007, according to an arrest warrant.

She was in charge of collecting tuition and buying supplies, police said. No other information was available.


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  • AMazeder Jun 11, 2009

    1 John 5:16 says "If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life..." Pray for this woman and for the church, that the true story will be learned and that healing will take place.

  • redstarlean Jun 11, 2009

    What a friend she had in Je$u$!!

  • Bon Viveur Jun 10, 2009

    Good for her! Churches have been stealing for centuries, it's about time folks started taking back from them.

  • whatusay Jun 10, 2009

    No problem...just call Obama. He is charge of the bail-outs.

  • Caveman93 Jun 10, 2009

    Why is God always broke?

  • kitcat718 is a college student Jun 10, 2009

    So, sister, you don't know your friends as well as you think you do. Stop being a busy body and the world will be a better place to reside. ~Professor

    Now, Professor. I think you are just trying to stir up trouble. You are judging me to be a busy body, yet you have no idea who I am. You are judging this woman to be a thief and you don't have a clue about her either. I think it is safe to say that I probably know a little bit more than you do about the situation. Just stating facts.

  • colliedave Jun 10, 2009

    a thief was among the Apostles

    John 12:1 - 8 (ESV) 1Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at the table. 3Mary therefore took a pound£ of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii£ and given to the poor?”****6He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.**** 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it£ for the day of my burial. 8The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

  • colliedave Jun 10, 2009

    colliedave, I've forwarded your comment to the IRS to prove we knew all along...that the church are indeed a business and therefore should pay their share of taxes like the rest of us...instead of making society carry their burden.

    And what about non-profit business such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and Urban Minstries? What about ministries that deal with prisoners in helping them overcome their addictions and changing their behavior so they will not return to prison.

    It has been proven that those individuals who are connected to a church upon release are far less likely to return than those who go through a government-based secular program.

  • daisymom Jun 10, 2009

    Didn't we get off the subject?

  • SweetB Jun 10, 2009

    Exactly. The Director, who had been there somewhere around 10+ years, was ALWAYS about the kids...anything they needed and wanted to make their time there fun...always open to the parents.

    THAT "church" sure had some issues...all I can say is...well I better not or they may March over and attack me to. But I do believe we can tax them...