2 Pastors Allegedly Stole From Houston Church

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Two pastors accused of stealing more than $430,000 from a Houston church where they worked have been released from jail.

Records show 58-year-old Charles Gilford and his 53-year-old wife, Adriane, were freed after bond was lowered from $800,000 to $15,000 apiece.

The Gilfords were indicted last week on charges of theft over $200,000 and misapplication of fiduciary property. Both appeared in court Monday.

A lawyer for Charles Gilford has denied the allegations. No information was immediately available on an attorney for Adriane Gilford. A message left with Bethel Institutional Missionary Baptist Church wasn't immediately returned Tuesday.

The couple worked for the church from 2000 to 2007. A tip led to a review of church's financial records.

Prosecutors say the thefts allegedly happened through unauthorized checks, payments and a debit card.

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