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Marion Station Church Treasurer Charged With Embezzlement

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Quindocqua United Methodist Church (Photo: WBOC) Quindocqua United Methodist Church (Photo: WBOC)

MARION STATION, Md.- A trusted member of Quindocqua United Methodist Church in Marion Station is charged with embezzling nearly $17,000. Maryland State Police started conducting its investigation into the thefts in November after the church was contacted by PNC Bank about a negative account balance. 

James Franklin Powell, 34, of Marion Station, was charged by criminal summons in the case on December 22. According to Maryland State Police, Powell who is the church treasurer wrote several fraudulent checks from the church account over a period of time beginning in 2004.

Police said Powell denied writing the fraudulent checks initially; but later admitted to writing the checks after learning he was seen on surveillance video writing several checks.

The church's pastor, Charles Jacobson, said he's doing his best to help his members heal from the ordeal. 

"He's got a mighty hill to climb because he's breached faith with these people and I think all these things are adjustable over time," Jacobson said. With contingency funds set aside in case of an emergency, Jacobson said the church will be all right monetarily moving forward. 

Jacobson said Powell will remain a member of the church and that its members are working hard to overcome the impact of this ordeal. Jacobson said Powell will not work in a official capacity at the church since betraying the members' trust.

Powell is charged with more than two dozen counts of theft and embezzlement. An initial court appearance has not yet been set for Powell in Somerset County. 

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