Police: Pastor's daughter stole church funds

Reports say Miranda Miller spent $567 of the missing $708 at Wal-Mart.

SUMMERVILLE -- The pastor's daughter at a Boone Street church was charged earlier this month with stealing more than $700 in church funds, authorities said.

The Rev. John Miller, pastor of Emanuel Baptist Church, brought his daughter, Miranda Miller, 20, to the Summerville Police Department on Nov. 8 "to turn herself in," according to the police report.

The church's finance director had told the pastor earlier that money was missing from church funds, which had been counted earlier that day. Miranda Miller worked as a volunteer in the finance office.

The pastor told police he thought his daughter might have been involved.

According to the report, Miller confronted his daughter about the missing money later at their Goose Creek home. She admitted taking the money, the report said.

She spent $567 of the missing $708 at Wal-Mart in Goose Creek and returned $141 to her father, the report said.

The pastor then took his daughter to the Summerville police station.

There, the report said, "Miranda admitted to stealing the money under her Miranda Warning." The pastor said he wished to prosecute, the report said.

Miranda Miller was charged with petit larceny and released pending a December municipal court date, the report said.