County official turns himself in after AP audit uncovers misappropriation

Oliver Durfey, a former candidate for the county clerk of the court in Osceola, Florida, turned himself in to authorities after an accounts payable audit discovered he had embezzled funds from the First Baptist Church of Poinciana.

According to WTVT-TV, Durfey worked for the church as an administrator. Prosecutors allege that Durfey stole approximately $56,000 from First Baptist Church by taking money from the organization's checking and savings accounts, which he claimed were loans to pay for personal expenses. He also allegedly obtained the church's debit card and used it to purchase various unauthorized items. Investigators believe Durfey used funds to help pay for his election campaign as well.

Freeling Media reports that according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, which is prosecuting the case, Durfey conducted the scheme from April 2010 to June 2012. Financial discrepancies were found after suspicious documents were discovered in the trash can in Durfey's office by another church member and were then shown to the church's pastor. The source state that Durfey has had past run-ins with the law, as he was convicted in 1977 of illegal use of a credit card and concealing stolen property, among other charges.

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