Pennsylvania Church Treasurer Admits to Stealing $150,000 from Congregation and Spending It on Porn Site

The longtime treasurer of a Mt. Pleasant Township church was arrested this week after admitting to state troopers he stole at least $150,000 from church coffers and spent a large portion of the money on a pornographic website, according to court records.

Glenn E. Yothers, 56, of Unity, is charged with theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking in connection with writing $150,606 to himself from accounts of St. Paul Lutheran Church, which is located in the village of Trauger. State police said the transactions occurred between 2015-19.

Yothers, who served as church treasurer for 12 years, was initially approached about two years ago by church council members who were concerned that bills were not getting paid and deposits were not being made into church accounts in a timely manner, Trooper Robert Politowski reported.

“At one point, the utilities of the church were shut off and the church almost shut down due to Yothers not paying bills,” Politowski wrote in court documents.

When initially approached by church council about numerous checks written to himself, Yothers denied any wrongdoing, claiming “he was paying church bills from his personal bank account and was simply reimbursing himself,” Politowski said.

Troopers reported Yothers, who kept all the church’s financial records including checks at his Ridgeway Road home, was eventually removed as treasurer after the church’s troubles continued.

A recent audit of available financial records by the church from February 2015 through Dec. 5, 2019 showed that Yothers allegedly deposited $150,606 from church accounts into his personal account, according to court documents.

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SOURCE: TribLive, Paul Peirce

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