- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A longtime treasurer for a rural Baptist church near Hannibal has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for defrauding the church out of around $300,000.

WGEM-TV reports that Donald White was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of wire fraud.

In addition to the prison sentence, White must pay restitution of $289,412 to Antioch Baptist Church.

White served as volunteer treasurer of the church for more than 20 years. Federal prosecutors say White had access to the church’s bank statements and checkbooks and wrote checks to himself without knowledge or authority from church leaders.

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