UPDATE: Pastor accused of embezzling thousands waives prelim

OLIVET, MI (WILX) -- A former pastor from Eaton County was back in court on Monday and waived his right to a preliminary exam.

Douglas Hammond waived his arraignment on January 13 and will now have a status conference on Feb. 21.

Hammond is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from his own church, Olivet First Assembly of God, from January 2014 until November of 2019.

Hammond's attorney told the judge he is not guilty.

Previously, Hammond said he was guilty.

On Monday, his attorney requested the bond to be converted to a personal recognizance bond due to Hammond's health.

A member of his church told News 10 that Hammond has cerebral palsy.

His attorney also asked that Hammond be moved to “Life Challenges” in Canton.

However, Judge O'Neil denied the request stating medical records and proof of residency was not provided.

If Hammond is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.

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