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Former church treasurer sentenced on wire fraud charge

HANNIBAL (WGEM) — A former treasurer at Antioch Baptist Church, in Ralls County, Missouri, was sentenced on a wire fraud charge Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Court records state that Donald White was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison, three years with additional supervised release terms and to pay restitution of $289,412.02 to the church.

“Today’s sentence is the culmination of hard work and focused dedication by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office and Hannibal Police Department,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen.

After the sentence, Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie added, “The strength of this church community and its members has been exemplary. They were absolutely critical in uncovering this fraud and have worked tirelessly to not let it define or diminish the church or themselves.”

In January, White pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. 

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.

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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