Monterey County

Couple accused of defrauding Salinas church-goers of $100,000

Church congregation scammed out of $100,000

SALINAS, Calif. - The Monterey County Sheriff's Office has arrested a couple on suspicion of defrauding several members of the Alisal Baptist Church congregation.

John and Amy McClure are facing charged of elder abuse and theft.

Deputies say several members of the church, mostly older individuals, reported being swindled by the couple over a four-year period, from 2009-2013.

John McClure, who is also being investigated for a fraud case out of El Dorado County, was booked into Monterey County Jail. His wife was cited and released.

Anyone with more information about this case is asked to contact Det. Martin Opseth of the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

NewsChannel 5 reporter Jake Reiner will have more on this story tonight at 5 p.m.

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