According to a warrant for her arrest, Susan Marie Summers, 51, falsified signatures on 51 checks totaling $88,609.41 that were intended for Noonday Baptist Church, 4121 Canton Road in Marietta. She deposited them into an account held by her and James Earnest Street, 50, according to the warrant.
Summers allegedly deposited the checks between December 2010 and September 2011, according to police. Summers and Street were arrested Saturday, according to jail book-in sheets.
Summers faces charges of forgery and theft by taking, and Street is charged with theft by receiving. Both had bonds set at $100,000. Summers remains in jail, but Street bonded out.
The bank Summers allegedly used has recovered two checks totaling $3,466.66, leaving $85,142.75 unrecovered, according to the warrant.
Jail records indicate the two live together in Adairsville.
Street declined comment when reached Tuesday.
Bud Blissitt, administrator at Noonday Baptist, would not comment on Summers’ relation to the church or how she got the checks, saying police told church officials not to discuss the case.
“The church has really pulled together and is doing well,” he said. “Offerings are up, and people are joining.”