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Former church treasurer appears in court

Published On: Nov 25 2013 05:43:33 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2013 04:36:41 PM CST
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Silas Edward Sams was charged with theft over $60,000 on November 20, 2013. Carter County Sheriff's Office

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

A Carter County man accused of stealing money from his church appeared in court Monday.

The sheriff's office says 66-year-old Silas Edward Sams is accused of writing checks to himself while serving as the treasurer of Beck Mountain Baptist Church for several years.

Sams was arrested last week and charged with theft over $60,000. Click here to read more about the arrest.

He will be back in court on January 31 to give his plea.