MADISON — A pastor at Broadmoor Baptist Church here is accused of embezzling $332,000 and spending the money for his own benefit, church officials said in a statement to the Journal Wednesday.

“As a result of an internal policy review, we identified financial transactions that had not been properly authorized or reported totaling approximately $332,000,” the statement read. “These transactions were discovered in September 2017, and were primarily over a 27-month period of time.”

The church, in a release, named the pastor, who as of Oct. 16 was no longer employed by the church.

“These transactions were undertaken by one individual…circumventing our existing internal policies and procedures, for his personal benefit,” the release stated. “(The pastor) is no longer an employee of ours and we are in the process of reporting our findings to the Internal Revenue Service and the Mississippi Department of Revenue.”

The church said they have added new safeguards and internal controls to ensure this doesn’t happen again. A full-time CPA was also hired to oversee finance and accounting practices.

In addition, the church has decided not to press charges.

“While we chose not to press criminal charges against this individual, we will fully cooperate with prosecutors if it is independently pursued,” the release stated.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said his office has been contacted by a number of church members asking to look into prosecution.

“Our office has reached out to the church and requested that they provide certain information to us for our examination,” Guest said. “The fact the church leadership or the church itself is not requesting charges be pursued would not prevent an investigation and the possibility of criminal charges being brought forth in the future.”

Attempts to contact the pastor Wednesday were unsuccessful.