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61-year-old church employee steals $800,000 from employer and spends money on drugs and prostitutes

By Mason White 12:47 PM February 25, 2016
Garry D. Meyer 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A church employee was arrested on a charge of theft after stealing more than $800,000 from his employer and spending the cash on drugs and prostitutes, police in Ohio said.

Now, 61-year-old Garry D. Meyer of West Chester Township, has been sentenced to serve 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft in connection with the embezzlement of the Tri-County Baptist Church.

According to the police investigation, Meyer used the money to purchase cars and drugs. He also used the church’s funds for travel, pornography and escorts.

Pastor Brian McManus told a court that Meyer’s actions affected not only the congregation, but also more than 100 missionaries.

The pastor said that Meyer confessed only after his actions were discovered by his wife. The initial investigation revealed that Meyer stole approximately $400,000.

As the investigation progressed, the estimate was increased. Meyer stole the money over a period of 14 years.