LAUREL, Miss. — A former church secretary has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the congregation.
Assistant District Attorney Dennis Bisnette tells The Chronicle that Avis Weems allegedly stole more than $80,000 from collections at the East Jerusalem Full Gospel Church in Laurel between August of 2004 and December of 2008.
Bisnette says Weems had worked at the church for four years.
Weems was arrested in 2009. She pleaded guilty this past week in Jones County Circuit Court.
Bisnette says Weems was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 36 months to serve under house arrest. He says the remaining seven years would be suspended if she completes five years of post-release supervised probation and community service.
She was also ordered to pay restitution.