Pastor, wife accused of gambling away $430,000 from church released on bond

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 5:39 PM

HOUSTON—Two pastors accused of taking more than $400,000 from a southeast Houston church have been released from jail on bond.

Charles Gilford, 58, and Adriane Gilford, 53, were indicted Wednesday by a Harris County grand jury and charged with aggregate theft and “misapplication of fiduciary property.” 

Prosecutors allege the Gilfords used at least $430,000 in church funds to gamble at the Coushatta Casino near Lake Charles between 2004 and 2007.

They were pastor and first lady of Bethel Institutional Missionary Baptist Church (BIMBC) on Selinsky Road in southeast Houston at the time.

 

 

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