SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A former Savannah minister, Reverend Corey MeGill Brown, changed his plea in court on Thursday.
Brown pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of embezzling money from his church over nearly a 10-year period.
Brown was pastor of the Second African Baptist Church on Houston Street, between the years of 1999 and 2014.
The indictment came down after more than two years of investigation, which started when one member asked the church for a statement of all his tithing over the last year. The church could not provide it. That's when the board realized a second account had been set up at the church's bank; an account named "Roman's 12."
Federal investigators said Rev. Brown was diverting the tithings of dozens of sick and shut-in members directly into that account, for his own personal use.
To read information on the original indictment, please click here.