Woman charged in church scam

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

A Prattville woman was arrested Monday for allegedly scamming several thousand dollars from members of a Dallas County church, according to local police officials.

Angela Anita Douglas, 38, was arrested by Prattville police and later taken to Selma. She has been charged with theft of property.

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Douglas, a certified travel agent, organized a vacation cruise for members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Marion Junction, according to Assistant District Attorney John Oxford.

Over a period of three months, 42 people, including eight from a Montgomery church, paid Douglas a grand total of about $17,000 for cruise tickets.

Last week the church members chartered a bus to the cruise port in Florida, but after arriving they were told by cruise officials that only four members had reservations.

Lt. David Evans, Selma Police spokesperson, said the church members attempted to contact Douglas several times while they were stranded in Florida, but could never reach her.

Detective Tory Neely, the lead investigator in this case, said the suspect was quickly located due to meticulous record keeping by the church secretary.

Moore said Douglas was an acquaintance of her son, who is a music minister in Montgomery.

Moore said the church members were &8220;highly disappointed&8221; to discover they were not going on the cruise.

Just before her arrest, Oxford said Douglas may have been in the hospital, but he did not know the seriousness of her illness.

Douglas as taken to the Dallas Jail on a $20,000 bond, which she has since posted and been released.