Pastor charged in alleged $400,000 attempted fraud

Bland (left) and Bolling
Bland (left) and Bolling

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A popular pastor and funeral home owner has been arrested and charged with several crimes, including forgery.

Reverend William Bland Jr. is accused helping former insurance agent, Ralph Bolling, defraud his estranged wife out of nearly $400,000, according to the Petersburg Progress-Index.

Bolling is charged with grand larceny, forgery, obtaining money under false pretenses.

Bland is pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church and owner of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg.

The trial for both men is scheduled for June 6.

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