Thursday, January 29, 2004

Church's bank accounts investigated

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLD SPRING - A Campbell County prosecutor has asked Kentucky State Police to investigate possible criminal misuse of money at the First Baptist Church of Cold Spring.

Three church members contacted Cold Spring police after a bank called the church treasurer two weeks ago about questionable transactions. Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney Jack Porter asked state police to investigate after discussing the alleged irregularities Monday with the Cold Spring police chief, mayor and city attorney.

Today, a Campbell County Grand Jury will be asked to subpoena the church's financial records as well as Fifth Third Bank and Provident Bank records of the church's accounts, Porter said.

State police were also asked to investigate to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, Porter said. Cold Spring Police Chief Rick Sears and three City Council members attend the church.

Enquirer reporter Jim Hannah contributed. E-mail

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