Former D.C. Church Official Sentenced For Embezzling Nearly $1 Million

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Photo of a candlelight vigil outside the National City Christian Church on Jan. 20, 2005 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Photo of a candlelight vigil outside the National City Christian Church on Jan. 20, 2005 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS Washington/AP) — The former chief financial officer of a historic church in Washington has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for embezzling $850,000 from the institution.

Forty-year-old Jason Todd Reynolds of Bowie was sentenced Wednesday. He was also ordered by a U.S. District Court judge to repay $851,300 in restitution, as well as $185,435 in taxes to National City Christian Church in northwest.

Reynolds pleaded guilty in August to 12 charges, including wire fraud, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and tax evasion. Prosecutors say Reynolds had control over the church’s bank accounts, credit cards and checks.

Reynolds used church funds to pay his mortgage and personal credit card bills. Among his purchases were a $12,000 diamond ring and three cars.

The church was founded in 1843.

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