Oliver “Dan” Durfey is not only running for office — he’s also apparently on the run from lawmen.
On Friday, deputies issued a warrant for the arrest of 54-year-old Oliver “Dan” Durfey, of Kissimmee, to face charges of Scheming to Defraud, Grand Theft and Illegal Use of a Credit Card, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the affidavit, Durfey, who was employed as the church administrator for the First Baptist Church of Poinciana, used the church’s two checking accounts and one savings account from April 2010 to June 2012 for his own personal use, the release stated.
According to bank records, Durfey has stolen over $56,000 from the church using a debit card he obtained without the church’s knowledge for transactions and withdrawals, investigators said.
Detectives also found out during this investigation that Durfey is running for Clerk of Courts in Osceola County. Elections for that office will be held this Tuesday.
His campaign website says he was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Miami in 1980.
Durfey allegedly used church funds to pay for two booths at political venues for his campaign. His on-line Campaign Treasurer’s Report shows two $5,000 “loans” from himself that correspond to a time-frame in which he withdrew $5,000 from church’s checking account and then withdrew $9,000 from the church’s savings account, according to investigators.
Oliver Daniel Durfey has a criminal past, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office:
04/20/1976 – Miami-Dade Police Department · Carrying Concealed Weapon · Loitering and Prowling
09/30/1976 – Miami-Dade Police Department · Loitering and Prowling
05/26/1977 – Miami-Dade Police Department · Forgery ( 3 counts) · Pass Forged Instrument (3 counts) · Conceal Stolen Property · Fraud – Illegal Use of a Credit Card – Poss 2 or more · Possess Stolen Property (30 counts)
02/17/1978 – Miami-Dade Police Department · Vehicle Theft
07/22/1981 – Mount Dora Police Department · Dealing in Stolen Property
09/29/1981 – Lake County Sheriff’s Office · Probation Violation
07/20/1984 – Miami-Dade Police Department · Robbery – Arm · Battery
02/04/1986 – Eustis Police Department · Burglary
04/07/1988 – Lake County Sheriff’s Office · Probation Violation (ref burglary)
10/06/1996 – Osceola County Sheriff’s Office · Fraud – Obtain Unemployment Comp.