Former DC Church Official Sentenced to 8 Years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The former chief financial officer of a historic church in Washington D.C. has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for embezzling $850,000.

A federal judge also ordered 40-year-old Jason Todd Reynolds to
repay more than $1 million in restitution and taxes to National City Christian Church.

Reynolds pleaded guilty in August to 12 charges, including wire fraud, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and tax evasion. Prosecutors say Reynolds had control over the church's bank accounts, credit cards and checks.

Reynolds used church funds to pay his mortgage and personal credit card bills. Among his purchases were a $12,000 diamond ring and three cars.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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