Youth minister charged with stealing from church

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A former Burnsville youth minister has been accused of stealing $8,000 from a church last year.

John Mertes, a 40-year-old from Burnsville, appeared in court this week on the felony charges of theft-by-swindle by skimming funds from the church last year, according to Fox News.

The missing money was called to the attention of the church in January, after a $500 check was missing from a fundraiser, the Washington Post reported.

In total, about 40 checks made out to the church were deposited into Mertes' bank account, summing up to over $8,000, the Post said.

According to Fox, Mertes told police that he was under financial stress, and that none of the money was ever given back to the church.

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