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Former pastor charged with theft from a Highland County church

James Blaine (Source Highland County Sheriff's Office) James Blaine (Source Highland County Sheriff's Office)

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MADISON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -- A former pastor is arrested after sheriffs say he stole money from a Highland County church.

On Tuesday, 61-year-old James Blaine was arrested and charged with one count of felony theft.

The arrested stemmed from a seven month long investigation by the Highland County Sheriff's Office. There were allegations that Blaine stole money from the Good Shepard Church in Madison County.

Investigators day he stole the money by forging names and documents that were submitted to financial institutions for his personal use. The dollar amount that was allegedly taken was over $100,000 dollars over a period of five years between 2004 and 2009.

Blaine was arrested in Hamilton County at a bankruptcy hearing that he initiated. He is currently being held at the Highland County Justice Center on a $100,000 bond.

The case has also been handed to the Highland County Prosecutor's Office where additional felony charges are likely.

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