Bryan Man Allegedly Steals Church Bank Account Number, Pays Personal Bills

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The moderator of a local church filed a police report after noticing unauthorized transactions being debited from the Brazos Valley Pastors and Ministers Fellowship bank account. The 17 transactions took place during a three month period.

Investigators subpoenaed the businesses where the transactions were being debited and were able to trace the name back to 37-year-old Michael Bernard Browder of Bryan -- a former employee of the church.

Browder, reportedly a musician, was legitimately paid a $50 check for his services rendered at the church. Investigators believe he then obtained the bank account and routing number from the check and began paying personal bills, totaling $2,257.30 over a three month period.

Among the transactions, $431.42 was spent at T-Mobile during that period of time. A subpoena for T-Mobile found a pre­-paid cell phone account with the name, "Greg Moore," who happens to share the same birth date as Browder. The document shows that the phone was activated on 01/19/10 and canceled on 09/27/10 a month before the case was filed. Detectives ran a check on a "Greg Moore" as well as "Gregory Moore" with a DOB of 3/22/74 and found that name does not exist.

During questioning, the report says Browder admitted to police that he was "guilty of it" and also admitted to using the church bank account to pay his alleged girlfriend, Lashonda Mitchell's cable bill each month.

After discussing the case with the Brazos County DA's office, CS detectives learned Bryan PD have investigated similar cases involving Browder using financial information from a church to pay his personal bills. The report says Lashonda Mitchell is also listed as a suspect in one of those cases. BPD report the two were dating at the time.

Browder was arrested and booked into the Brazos County Jail.

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