Georgia pastor charged with stealing $250,000 from church

The former pastor of a historic church in Savannah, Georgia, has been indicted on charges that he stole more than $250,000 in tithes and offerings from church members over the course of a decade.

The indictment filed Tuesday in federal court says the Rev. Corey Megill Brown diverted checks from his congregation at Second African Baptist Church into a bank account he controlled and used for personal withdrawals between March 2005 and February 2014.

Brown served for years as a Savannah-Chatham County police chaplain. Police spokeswoman Michelle Gavin said the department ended its affiliation with Brown when it learned he was under investigation in December 2014. Brown also left Second African that year.

A message left at a phone number listed for Brown was not immediately returned Thursday.