Former New Ellenton church secretary arrested on theft charge

AIKEN – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a former church secretary who authorities say used church credit cards to buy clothes, jewelry and vacations worth more than $75,000.

Michelle S. Mitchum, 41, of Blackville, is charged with grand larceny–more than $5,000, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Ms. Mitchum surrendered Monday to investigators at the sheriff's office.

Between January 2006 and September 2008, the woman, who was employed at Grace Covenant Church of God in New Ellenton, established two credit card accounts in the church’s name, the sheriff's office said. The accounts were used to pay household bills and to buy clothing, jewelry and vacations, according to authorities.

Ms. Mitchum is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

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