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2 separate church thefts lead to arrests

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Evelyn Brown, 63 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center) Evelyn Brown, 63 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
Arrested: Leland Jamison, 45 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center) Arrested: Leland Jamison, 45 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Caddo Sheriff's deputies announced on Tuesday the separate arrests of a church treasurer and a church bookkeeper accused of stealing from their churches.

In the first announcement, a volunteer treasurer for Broadmoor Christian Church was arrested, accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the church.

63-year-old Evelyn Brown of Shreveport was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center Tuesday following an investigation by sheriff's Detective Bobby Herring of the Caddo-Shreveport Financial Crimes Task Force.

The investigation determined that Brown was a volunteer treasurer at the church from January to November of this year. During that time, investigators say she fraudulently gained access to church bank accounts and transferred approximately $104,613 into an unused church operating account. She then forged the signature of the authorized signer on the operating account in order to write checks to herself.

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator said the church contacted the Sheriff's Office after noticing discrepancies in their accounts. 

Brown was arrested for felony theft and illegal transmission of monetary funds.

In another case, sheriff's Detective Yomeka Evans, also of the Financial Crimes Task Force, arrested Leland Jamison, 45.

Deputies say that between June and November, Jamison allegedly stole more than $16,000 from Little Union Baptist Church, where he was a bookkeeper. Deputies add that Jamison wrote 36 checks to himself and forged the signatures of the two deacons who were authorized signers on the account.

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