Former Church Deacon Charged with Embezzlement

Former Deacon May Have Taken Missing Church Money

WXYZ-TV - A former Pontiac church Deacon  is free on personal bond after his arraignment for embezzling more than $600,000.

61 year old Reuben Bynum, of West Bloomfiield,  is free on a $50,000 personal bond.

He is accused of taking the money over a 6 year period from the Trinity Baptist Church in Pontiac where he served as the Chief Financial Officer.

The investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff's office began after another church member had filed a complaint. It showed that funds were missing over a 6 year period.

Bynum has been charged with 3 counts of embezzling more than $100,000. The charges could result in a 20 year prison sentence for each count and could require a payback up to 3 times what was taken.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says, "Violating any position of trust is sad, to do so against a religious institution is shameful and I'm pleased justice will be served."

Bynum had been let go from the church last August.

No court date has been set.

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