Burnsville Minister Accused of Swindling Church Out of Thousands

| April 3, 2012

A former youth minister at a Burnsville church has been charged with swindling the church out of more than $8,000 between August and December last year.

John Glenn Mertes, 40, is charged with theft by swindle, a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, an administrator and an accountant at Mary, Mother of the Church contacted Burnsville police in January to report a possible theft.

Church employees told police that a $500 check acquired at a church fundraiser in November 2011 hadn’t been included in deposits from the event. Employees told police that they discovered that Mertes, who worked as a youth minister and had supervised the fundraiser, had endorsed the check and deposited it into his personal bank account.

Church employees told police they were aware that Mertes had been having financial difficulties, according to the complaint.



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