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Lillington woman charged with stealing from church

Mary O'Quinn Roberson, 72, of Heritage Valley Apartments, allegedly embezzled $33,249.04 from Mt. Ariel United Methodist Church while she served as the treasurer there.

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LILLINGTON, N.C. — Harnett County sheriff's deputies charged a Lillington woman with stealing more than $30,000 while employed at Mt. Ariel United Methodist Church.

Mary O'Quinn Roberson, 72, of Heritage Valley Apartments, allegedly embezzled $33,249.04 from the church while she served as the treasurer there, Sheriff Larry Rollins said.

When a new treasurer took over, members of the church confronted Roberson about the missing money and she confessed, the sheriff said.

Roberson faces an embezzlement charge from the sheriff's office and charges of uttering a forged instrument and forgery of endorsement from the Lillington police.

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