Former church treasurer reaches plea deal on wire fraud charges

Former Antioch Baptist Church Treasurer Donald White pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis.

Court records state that White withdrew his former plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty to count one.

White’s attorney Mark Byrne said the guilty plea was the result of a deal that was reached.

“All other counts will be dropped,” said Byrne.

Count one states that White,

“Knowingly transmitted and caused to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce, between F&M Bank’s financial computer server located in Western Des Moines, Iowa and the WAL-MART store located within the Eastern District of Missouri, writings, signs and signals, to wit: White presented check #10059 written on Antioch Baptist Church of Hannibal’s F&M Bank checking account to WAL-MART in the amount of $350.00 for personal benefit.”

The indictment stated that at some time between January 1994 and continuing until at least December 2016, White devised a scheme and artifice to defraud and to obtain money from Antioch Baptist Church of Hannibal by means of false and fraudulent promises, pretenses and representations.

Documents state that during that time frame White served as treasurer for the church. As treasurer, White had access to the church’s bank statements and checkbooks.

Sentencing was scheduled for April 2.

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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