July 20, 1997 in Nation/World

Ex-Preacher Accused Of Embezzling

Compiled From Wire Services
 

A former preacher is accused of taking $3,500 from a fund that was set up in memory of a 2-year-old Oklahoma City bombing victim by the child’s own grandmother.

Zachary R. Finley, 46, was charged Friday with five counts of embezzlement by a trustee, said Peter Haddock, assistant district attorney.

Finley, former associate pastor at the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, allegedly took the money from the Dominique London Memorial Fund, named for one of the 19 children killed in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The fund was intended to finance a playground and day-care center at the church.

The account was started with $2,500 given by Dominique’s grandmother, Earnestine Looney. Money also was donated by other church members.


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