- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania man and woman have pleaded guilty in the theft of more than $174,000 while they were serving as officers of a northeastern Pennsylvania church.

Forty-five-year-old Cherie White pleaded guilty Wednesday in Luzerne County Court to theft and access device fraud involving funds taken from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Fifty-two-year-old Keith White pleaded guilty to access device fraud and conspiracy to commit theft.

The Rev. Paul Metzloff called Kingston police in August to report that the church was nearly broke. Police said after examining bank records that the Whites had stolen the money since 2010.

The Whites declined comment as they left the courtroom. Prosecutors said their plea agreements call for them to pay back more than $174,000, but Metzloff said the actual loss is closer to $250,000.

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