Jefferson County authorities are investigating claims a former Strawberry Plains pastor bilked an elderly woman out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sheriff's officials say they are looking into the claims that former First Baptist Church pastor Michael Boatfield swindled an 80 year old woman of her money.
Officials say it was reported to police after the woman asked family members to help pay her bills.
The event has left church members surprised.
Iva Jean Wilhite, a church member says, "i can't imagine. They paid him good and everything. How could anything like that happen?""
Attempts to reach Boatfield were unsuccessful.
Authorities say they are talking with the district attorney about presenting the case to a grand jury.