- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

LAFAYETTE, N.J. (AP) - A former church usher has been spared a prison term for stealing more than $67,000 from a northwestern New Jersey congregation.

Sussex County prosecutors say Cody MacMillian instead must serve one year of home detention and three years of probation. The Wantage resident also must pay the church $63,723 in restitution.

MacMillian had pleaded guilty last December to a theft charge.

Prosecutors have said he took checks that were put into the collection basket by congregants of the Lafayette Federated Church in Lafayette Township and deposited them into his personal bank account.

Church leaders did not realize something was amiss until they reviewed financial records and found a “substantial amount of money” was missing.

Authorities were contacted and connected MacMillian with the theft.

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