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.