Pastor warns of couple scamming churches

Suspects Scam Churches
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - As families in Louisiana continue to pick up the pieces from devastating floods this month, many here in Region 8 try to help out any way they can.

"That kind of softens your heart when you want to help people," Milburn Teasley said. "And our church is a giving church."

Teasley serves as the pastor of Clear Springs Baptist Church in Lawrence County.

Teasley said a young couple went to their church over the weekend and claimed to be flooding victims from Louisiana.

"The man came in and said that they needed finances and they were out of money and they needed gasoline," Teasley said.

Teasley said the couple, who pulled up in a tan PT Cruiser, showed them a Louisiana driver's license.

"We took up a small offering to give to them, and other people went out to the car and gave money to them," Teasley said. "We prayed for them, wished them well and thought everything was alright until we found out from another church that they'd been done the same way."

Teasley said when they mentioned the story to another rural church, they learned the same couple in the same car was there six months ago with a different story about needing money.

"The other church, they were from, my understanding is that they gave the idea that they were from Indiana, or going to Indiana," Teasley said. "Unfortunate as it is, we gave from the heart not realizing this until we hear of other churches that it's happened to them too."

Teasley said the couple had Louisiana driver's licenses, but the license plate was out of Indiana.

Teasley said he filed a police report with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

He advises other rural churches to be aware of the couple so they aren't taken advantage of too.

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