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Christopher L. Stansell, 48, was arrested July 27 for embezzling more than $10,000 in church funds, Sgt. M.S. Haynes, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment, said.

PRINCETON — A former pastor of First Christian Church in Princeton has been arrested on embezzlement charges.

Christopher L. Stansell, 48, was arrested July 27 for embezzling more than $10,000 in church funds, Sgt. M.S. Haynes, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment, said.

Haynes said the incidents occurred over period of a year and a half while Stansell was employed as pastor of the church.

“During the investigation it was found that multiple checks written to and by the First Christian Church were embezzled and deposited into accounts held by Christopher Stansell,” Haynes said.

Haynes said the investigation into the case began in early June, and Stansell was still the pastor of the church at that time.“If you go to church and pay your tithes, at tax time you will get a statement for tax purposes,” Haynes said. “Someone noticed some discrepancies as to what they had given the church and their tax statement … From there, that’s when they started realizing that there were monies due the church that had not made it into the account of the church.”

Stansell was arraigned and released on bond pending future hearings.

Haynes is lead investigator on the case.

– Contact Samantha Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com

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