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Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/12/2012 

 Church Administrator Arrested for Embezzlement of Church Funds 

On Sunday, August 12, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 54-year-old Oliver “Dan” Durfey, of 669 Deauville Court in Kissimmee, for one count Scheming to Defraud (F-1), one count Grand Theft (F-2), and one count Illegal Use of a Credit Card (F-3). Durfey had a Polk County Warrant for his arrest issued on Friday, August 10th, and turned himself in to the Polk County Jail two days later. 

According to the affidavit, Durfey, who was employed as the church administrator for the First Baptist Church of Poinciana, used the church’s two checking accounts and one savings account from April 2010 to June 2012 for his own personal use.  Durfey’s residence is located in Osceola County and the church is located in Polk County.
Durfey obtained a debit card for the account without the church’s knowledge or permission and used it during this 26-month time frame.  According to bank records, Durfey has stolen over $56,000 from the church using the debit card for transactions and withdrawals.  
Detectives also learned during this investigation that Durfey is running for Clerk of Courts in Osceola County.  Elections for that office will be held on August 14, 2012.  Durfey used church funds to pay for two booths at political venues for his campaign.  Durfey’s on-line Campaign Treasurer’s Report (4/1/2012 – 7/6/2012) shows two $5,000 “loans” from Dan Durfey dated 4/2/2012 and 6/1/2012.  Investigation revealed that Durfey withdrew $5,000 from church’s checking account on 4/2/2012 and withdrew $9,000 from the church’s savings account on 5/31/2012.
Oliver Daniel Durfey (dob:  02/03/1958; AKA:  Danny Durfey) criminal arrest history:
04/20/1976 – Miami-Dade Police Department
·         Carrying Concealed Weapon
·         Loitering and Prowling
09/30/1976 – Miami-Dade Police Department
·         Loitering and Prowling
05/26/1977 – Miami-Dade Police Department
·         Forgery ( 3 counts)
·         Pass Forged Instrument (3 counts)
·         Conceal Stolen Property
·         Fraud – Illegal Use of a Credit Card – Poss 2 or more
·         Possess Stolen Property (30 counts)
02/17/1978 – Miami-Dade Police Department
·         Vehicle Theft
07/22/1981 – Mount Dora Police Department
·         Dealing in Stolen Property
09/29/1981 – Lake County Sheriff’s Office
·         Probation Violation
07/20/1984 – Miami-Dade Police Department
·         Robbery – Arm
·         Battery
02/04/1986 – Eustis Police Department
·         Burglary
04/07/1988 – Lake County Sheriff’s Office
·         Probation Violation (ref burglary)
10/06/1996 – Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
·         Fraud – Obtain Unemployment Comp.