FORD HEIGHTS | Two men are accused of spending a loan meant to go toward building repairs at the True Light Missionary Baptist Church, police said.
Allis Franklin, 66, and Horace Brownfield, 63, were charged this week with theft from a house of worship, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.
Franklin's bond was set Wednesday at $200,000, and Brownfield's bond was set at $200,000.
According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, Franklin helped the Ford Heights church in August apply for a loan to pay for building repairs. Franklin and Brownfield then represented themselves as church officials in November at a Chicago Heights bank, police said.
The men filled out paperwork for a resolution of corporation, which allowed them to open an account for the $20,300 church loan where they could withdraw and make deposits, police said.
Franklin and Brownfield used the entire church loan on personal items, according to the release.
Deputies began investigating the men after the church's pastor discovered in December that the loan already had been deposited.