Jack C. Grizzard, former minister of the Del Ray United Methodist Church in Alexandria, was indicted yesterday on 12 charges including forging and passing church checks worth almost $17,000.
Grizzard was arrested in Rome, Ga., after he was indicted on Oct. 1 on charges of forging and passing a $220 check drawn on the church accounts.
He was transferred to the Alexandria City Jail two weeks ago, where he remains in lieu of $1,000 bond.
Yesterday's indictments handed up by an Alexandria Circuit Court grand jury include seven counts of grand larceny, two of forgery and one of obtaining money under false pretense.
The Del Ray United Methodist Church Board of Directors have filed a civil suit against Grizzard and his wife, Betty, accusing them of "forcing the resignation of the church's financial secretary and hiring an inexperienced young woman" who signed blank checks for them.
Betty Grizzard has not been charged with any crime and remains in Georgia, where she and her husband moved after he resigned as minister of the church last May.
Lonnie Rich, the attorney for the board of directors and a member of the church, said he hoped the suit would be settled out of court because it was "hurtful to a lot of the church members who knew the minister."