Ex-priest used church money for gambling excursions

A former priest and his spouse reportedly took money from the church for casino tours. Charles Gilford used to be a priest at the Houston-based Bethel Institutional Missionary Baptist Church (BIMBC). His spouse, Adriane Gilford (53), is also accused in connection with the case.

Church money for gambling trips

Coushatta CasinoThey allegedly stole almost half a million dollars from the church, which they spent on gambling excursions. The couple used to gamble at the Coushatta Casino, Kinder, Allen Parish, Louisiana. "Between 2004 and 2007, they stole church money worth $430,000," according to prosecutors.

Life imprisonment

Friends and members of the church were surprised to hear that the couple had been arrested. Two years ago, the 53-year-old Adriane Gilford had already been arrested for check scam. The Gilfords face long jail terms, up to a maximum of life imprisonment.

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