Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff's Office have issued an arrest warrant for a former church administrator who allegedly pilfered funds from his employer.
Oliver ‘Dan' Durfey is facing a variety of charges including scheming to defraud and grand theft.
The warrant was issued on Friday but so far deputies have been unable to locate the 54-year-old Kissimmee resident.
According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report the alleged crimes occurred over a 26-month period beginning in April 2010. Investigators say Durfey was employed by the First Baptist Church of Poinciana, located in Polk County.
Detectives say the suspect used church funds for personal use. Without the church's knowledge Durfey obtained a debit card which he used to purchase over $56,000 in goods and services.
Through his role with the church Durfey had access to two of the congregation's checking accounts and one savings account.
During their investigation of the case detectives discovered that the suspect is also a candidate for the Osceola County Clerk of the Court's position.
Voters in Osceola will cast their ballots in that race on Tuesday. Investigators say Durfey used church funds to pay for two booths at political venues during his campaign.
In his on-line Campaign Treasurer's Report Durfey claims he took two personal loans from himself, totaling $10,000. Bank records obtained from the church indicate those funds came from their accounts and not the suspects.
Durfey, who also uses the name Danny Durfey, is no stranger to law enforcement. His arrest record dates back to the ‘70s and includes a variety of crimes.
In the Miami-Dade area Durfey has priors for carrying a concealed weapon, robbery, armed battery, loitering, prowling, grand theft, vehicle theft, fraud and forgery.
He also has a handful of arrests in Lake County for similar crimes.
If you have any information on Durfey's whereabouts please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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