Pennsylvania Church Administrator and Wife Charged With Stealing $1.2 Million from Congregation and Using It on Sports Events and Vacations

A Pennsylvania church employee and his wife were charged with stealing $1.2 million from the congregation and using the money for sports events, vacations, and other expenses.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office said 50-year-old David Reiter of South Park was being charged with forgery, receiving stolen property, and theft.

David’s wife, 44-year-old Connie Reiter, is being charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, according to The Associated Press.

Reiter allegedly stole the money from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh over the 17-year period that he worked at the church as a business administrator.

The Reiters appeared before District Judge Ronald Arnoni on Tuesday. Mr. Reiter’s bail was set at $50,000 while Mrs. Reiter’s was set at $5,000. The couple will have a preliminary hearing on Feb. 28.

Westminster Presbyterian released a statement in which they explained that Reiter had been “a widely trusted, active member of the church” who “engaged in sophisticated forms of deception to hide his theft.”

“While the church always had reasonable levels of controls for receiving and counting money and making disbursements by check, the theft was accomplished largely through electronic fund transfers,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski