Grace Chapel Church reported an embezzlement of $200,000 over a seven-year period to the Lee County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.
The report was filed just over two months after the resignation of Grace's senior pastor, the Rev. Rudy Holland, who once ran a church in Virginia that was the subject of an embezzlement investigation of nearly $4 million in the 1980s.
Grace Chapel, on U.S. 1 just south of Sanford, and Grace employee William Ernest Carver Jr., 68, are listed as the two victims in the Lee County Sheriff's Office's investigation report. The report does not list suspects, but according to chief detective Capt. Jeff Johnson, persons of interest are being investigated.
"We're looking at seven years of bank and credit card records," Johnson said Friday. "And it involves more than one person."
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