He's accused of taking money from his own church, now a local Baptist minister is missing. Shiloh Baptist Church Minister Kris Erskine has been charged with embezzlement and police believe he has fled to New York state.
News Three first brought you this story two weeks ago when Shiloh Baptist Church members accused Erskine of stealing from the collection plate.
A warrant was issued Thursday, and a police investigation has uncovered that Erskine pocketed about $10,000 of church money.
Bryan police say Erskine falsified documents and requested reimbursement for several church conferences he never attended.
He allegedly even made fake airline receipts for flights he never took and asked to be paid back for hotel rooms, he never stayed in.
Police say he was pocketing the reimbursements into a personal account, and when police looked at bank statements, they found even more traces of the crime. Erskine allegedly stole church member's checks that were meant for the offering plate, student scholarships and even hurricane victims.
News Three tried to get in touch of Pastor Erskine, but no one returned the phone calls. When asked two weeks ago about the investigation, Erskine said he was unaware of the charges.
News Three also called the church's interim pastor, but he was unavailable for comment.
Bryan police says the Brazos County District Attorney's office is willing to ask for Erskine to be extradited back to Bryan for these charges. News Three called the district attorney's office for more information, but they said they would not comment on the investigation.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.