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Former directors of the Ruth House arrested for theft by conversion

New director in place at women's ministry


Pickens Sheriff Press Release


Pickens County Georgia, January 12, 2018: Following an October Search Warrant of the Ruth House in Ranger Georgia, Greg and Detra Mason have been charged with Felony Theft by Conversion.

   Original complaints of mismanagement of funds led to the investigation into the handling of the local ministry for women with Substance Abuse issues. After a search warrant was executed on the property, boxes of receipts and financial documents were gathered and have been gone through extensively. Following the review of documents covering a recent period of time, PSO detectives presented the evidence to a judge and were able to obtain arrest warrants for both Greg and Detra Mason. The warrant was issued for Theft by Conversion, a felony in the State of Georgia.

   The Masons willingly came to the Pickens County Adult Detention Center on January 2nd and were booked in for the charges. On the same date, both were able to post the $10,000 bond that had been set for each.

   Captain April Killian with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office stated that the investigation is still continuing as additional documents are being reviewed, but sufficient probable cause was found at the time to warrant the arrest. “After digging through the past year of documents, we have been able to identify over $26,000 that had been converted from Ruth House funds to their own personal use”. Killian went on to say that “We still have a lot of documents to review and additional charges could be found as the investigation continues.”


From this week's Pickens Progress

Women's Ministry hires new director, forging ahead
Ruth House Ministries proudly announces the appointment of their new director, Jessica Chastain. Ms. Chastain has served as volunteer at the Ruth House and brings years of corporate administrative experience at a Fortune 500 Company. As a Christian based drug and alcohol regeneration center for women, the Ruth House has served the community and surrounding areas for 20 years. 
When asked about the direction of the Ruth House, Ms. Chastain replied: “The Ruth House will continue to positively impact the lives of addicted women and their families. Our core values remain rooted in 2 Cor 5:17.  Our vision, ‘restoring families and changing lives thru the healing power of Jesus Christ’, is and will be the heart of this Ministry. We thank the community for their increased support and covet their prayers.”