Accused Pastor Did Not Misuse ‘One Cent,’ Attorney Says

| December 11, 2011

Pastor Leon Piepenbrink did not pilfer, pillage or plunder "one cent" of the $62,500 he is accused of taking, says defense attorney Kenneth Ubong Udoibok.

Piepenbrink is facing trial for allegedly stealing $62,500 from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod (WELS) between 2007 and 2010. Piepenbrink was charged in May 2011 with seven felony counts of theft by swindle.

"He is a good man. He is a good pastor. The state will not be able to prove that a cent of the church's money was misappropriated. Not even one cent," Udoibok told Patch. "Every dime of what Pastor Piepenbrink spent was to develop churches in Southeast Asia."

Udoibok also highlighted the way in which he feels privileged information was used against his client.

"When (Piepenbrink) spoke to his brother—and by 'brother' I mean within the establishment of the Church—he believed the man to be a religious counselor. When you go to confession you don't expect the government to be involved in that," he said.

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