Former Church Treasurer Admits to Fraudulent Scheme

Updated 5 weeks ago

Huntington – A Cabell County man has confessed to pilfering from the offering plate at the church where he once served as treasurer.

Robert Dale Adkins, 75, of Ona, pleded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to mail fraud. An indictment via information filed last month accused Adkins of taking nearly $500,000 from the Antioch Baptist Church, and using the money to pay personal debts.

From at least 2012 until approximately December of 2018, Adkins was ABC's treasurer. As treasurer, Adkins had access to ABC's checking account and was authorized to sign checks from it. 

During that time, Adkins wrote and signed checks on ABC's account for his own benefit. Those checks went to pay personal creditors.

Adkins wrote the checks without the church membership’s knowledge or approval, and without the knowledge or approval of any it's board members.  Adkins would then mail the checks to pay his personal creditors.

Adkins wrote approximately $487,488.92 in unauthorized checks on the church’s account for his personal use.  

“Adkins defrauded his church of almost half of a million dollars,” said U. S. Attorney Mike Stuart in a press release. “You’re supposed to fill - not empty - the offering plate.“

”Stealing from a place of worship for personal benefit - BAD IDEA,” he added.

Adkins faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on May 18, 2020.  He also will be required to pay restitution in the amount of  $487,488.92 to ABC, and is subject to forfeiture of an equal amount to the United States.  

 

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