Pembroke Pines Church Official Charged With Grand Theft, Accused of Taking Donation Checks: Police

By Ari Odzer
|  Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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A Pembroke Pines church official took a series of donation checks to his church worth just under $2,700 and deposited them into his personal checking account, police said. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports.

A Pembroke Pines church official took a series of donation checks to his church worth just under $2,700 and deposited them into his personal checking account, police said. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports.

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A Pembroke Pines church official took a series of donation checks to his church worth just under $2,700 and deposited them into his personal checking account, police said.

Jules Derosier, 56, of the New Life Assembly of God, turned himself in to Pembroke Pines Police detectives Tuesday and was charged with grand theft, police said Wednesday.

People at the church at 7885 Pines Blvd. told NBC 6 that Derosier was the director of men’s ministries, but was let go and has not been there for months.

Church representatives noticed in April 2013 that the checks – which were donated between September 2012 and February 2013 and totaled $2,690 – had gone missing. An investigation revealed that Derosier unlawfully took possession of the checks from the accounts of four church members and deposited them into his own checking account, according to police.

Derosier did not provide a statement to police, they said. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.

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