CHIPPEWA, Pa. - A former Chippewa pastor was in court on Thursday, accused of taking tens of thousands of dollars from parishioners.
Police say Rodney Smith kept for himself more than $30,000 that was meant for Chippewa United Methodist Church.
His attorney says Smith already paid back all the missing money within one week of police filing charges.
Pennsylvania State Police say after they conducted a yearlong investigation into the disappearance of tens of thousands of dollars in funds, they charged Smith.
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With his attorney, his wife and a few parishioners by his side, Smith came to court Thursday to face a theft charge.
He did not have anything to say, but his attorney revealed some interesting information.
According to the criminal complaint, the alleged theft of the money happened over a three-year period and involved more than $30,000.
In August 2016, an associate pastor and a treasurer were planning an upcoming mission trip and noticed some discrepancies in the budget, according to police paperwork.
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