Friday, April 06, 2007                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor faces charges

A former Holly Hill pastor was arrested in Marietta, Ga., on a Volusia warrant charging him with exploiting an 89-year-old woman he befriended through his church, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Robert Nelson Riddle, 56, was arrested by the Cobb County Police Department, with the help of the FBI offices in Atlanta and Daytona Beach. His bail was set at $50,000.

Investigators say Riddle, the former pastor of Ridgewood Avenue Community Church, had deceived Filordea Lelli of Ormond Beach and took more than $80,000 from her.

State Attorney's Office officials said more charges are expected as investigators continue to probe other missing funds from the church and the alleged purchase of a twin-engine plane with church funds.

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