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Sheriff: Man embezzled $24,000 from Fayetteville church

Posted June 7, 2016

Lenial Mertis Brite

— Authorities are searching for a man who they say embezzled more than $24,000 from a Fayetteville church over 11 months.

Lenial Mertis Brite Jr., 57, is accused of embezzling the $24,108.18 from Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church between February 2015 and January 2016, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. Brite was serving as the church treasurer at the time.

Anyone with information about Brite should call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Judy Loftin Jun 7, 2016
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    Is his middle name Judas.

  • Edward Anderson Jun 7, 2016
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    For shame!

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 7, 2016
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    Not good