- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

KENSINGTON, N.H. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been accused of taking $150 from a New Hampshire church after telling a false story about needing money to travel to identify the remains of his brother.

Police said the Kensington Congregational Church helped the man, but couldn’t verify his name and address. He approached again, asking for money to pay for the funeral.

WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pcLX38) church members agreed to meet him at a local restaurant. Kensington police set up an undercover investigation and took him into custody after he accepted money.

He was identified as 44-year-old Joseph Grieco of Methuen and charged with two counts of theft. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9. It’s not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Police are investigating whether Grieco contacted other churches.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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