Pastor accused of stealing, bleeding church dry
BATON ROUGE - City police officers and parish sheriff's deputies are searching for a pastor who is accused of writing forged checks and cashing them at different locations.
Investigators accuse Joshua Lamb, 25, of bleeding the bank accounts of the True Fellowship Christian Church on Plank Road dry. He is a musician and pastor at the church.
In March, detectives started an investigation into stolen checks and Lamb is alleged to have cashed several worth $450 each.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies are investigating one case where Lamb is seen on surveillance cashing a check at a convenience store on Silverleaf Avenue. Authorities say a copy of Lamb's drivers license was also given to the store's clerk.
The signature on the check belonged to another pastor at Lamb's church, according to detectives. The pastor told deputies she did not sign the check nor did she give it to Lamb. The check bounced, due to insufficient funds.
Baton Rouge Police are investigating two more checks Lamb is accused of cashing.
Lamb contacted WBRZ News 2 by phone after he learned about this story. He said he knew nothing about the $1,350 he's accused of stealing. He said he was at a ministry conference in Houston and could not talk on camera.