News 3 has learned more about a Bryan man who is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from some local religious groups.
Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Bernard Browder, a church musician, turned himself in to the Brazos county Jail for crimes he's accused of committing in 2010. Police say it all began in February of 2010 when Browder was given a $45.00 check for playing music at a Bryan Church.
For the next eight months, police say he began paying his personal bills by obtaining both the account and routing number -- reportedly charging a total of $3,235.55 from this very account. But police say Browder didn't stop there -- During that same time period, in May of 2010, a police report was filed in College Station after $2,257.30 was used to pay various personal bills out of the Brazos Valley Pastors and Ministers Fellowship Bank Account.
Browder was legitimately paid $50 for his services as a musician at church -- coincidentally after being paid -- for the next two months hundreds of dollars would be debited from this Prosperity Bank account each month for personal bills.
A subpoena was sent to each business on both bank accounts which led police to Browder. A warrant was issued for his arrest -- however, police say Browder claimed he was living out of state. According to police reports, Browder admitted to police over the phone he was guilty of using the church's bank account to pay his personal bills -- on top of that, he admitted he stole $2,000 from the Pastor of the GW Tabernacle Church.
We were unable to reach members of the GW Tabernacle Church in Bryan or the pastor that Browder claimed he stole from; however, the report says Browder did admit the crime to the pastor. Over the phone, police questioned Browder who said quote: "Well I'm guilty of it and I was being stupid and didn't want stuff to be cut off.”
Browder remains in the Brazos County Jail on more than $18,000 bond.