- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in High Point have accused a pastor and his wife of taking money from their church.

Local media outlets report 51-year-old George Keith Hall and 52-year-old Leslie Hill Hall are charged with embezzlement of funds by public officers or trustees.

High Point Police Capt. Mike Kirk said the embezzlement occurred between Jan. 1, 2012 and May 31, 2015, and involved questionable purchases using more than $40,000 of the church’s money. Police launched an investigation after the church performed an audit earlier this year.

George Hall is a pastor at The Journey Church in High Point. Kirk said Leslie Hall worked at the church.

The couple, who turned themselves in on Tuesday, was jailed under $50,000 bail apiece. Online records didn’t indicate what their status was on Thursday.

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