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Duo charged with stealing from 4th Street Baptist Church

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  To some, it is a crime that is downright devilish- taking money from your church.

But Nikiena Rogers and Lalinriafaye Wilson are accused of doing just that, reportedly embezzling hundreds of thousands from the 4th Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus.

The two were indicted by a Muscogee County grand jury back in December on six counts each of theft by taking.

In the indictment, it says the women took the proceeds from checks drawn on the church's account at CB&T Bank from 2003 to 2005.

Authorities say Wilson turned herself in in May, bonded out of jail and has since been arraigned.

Rogers wasn't picked up until Wednesday. She was arrested in Russell County and extradited to Columbus Thursday.

4th Street's pastor Reverend Doctor J.H. Flakes Jr. says Rogers was the only one of the two who worked for the church as a bookkeeper.

Court documents don't reveal exactly how much money was taken.

The District Attorney's Office couldn't comment on the open case but reliable law enforcement sources tell News Leader 9 around four hundred thousand dollars was stolen.

Nikiena Rogers is being held in the Muscogee County Jail tonight without bond.

The District Attorney's Office says a date for her arraignment has not yet been set.


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