Former church treasurer gets 8 years of house arrest

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former treasurer at a Rogersville church must spend the next eight years on house arrest and sell her home to pay back money she admitted stealing, but she can avoid going to prison.

Erin Nicole Frost entered a plea of guilty to one count of theft over $60,000 at a court appearance Friday in Rogersville, according to the Kingsport Times-News.

Prosecutors said the 27-year-old Frost cashed about 100 checks on the Bridge Baptist Church account and stole cash from the offering plate, instead of depositing it.

Hawkins County Criminal Court Judge John Dugger ordered her to pay back $75,000 to the church. They money is to come from, among other sources, the sale of her house.

The sentence allows Frost to leave home for work.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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