Ex-finance Director Charged in $500K D.C. Church Theft

| December 31, 2009

WASHINGTON – The former finance director has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 from a historic D.C. church over six years.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jason Reynolds of Bowie, Md., was arrested last week on a charge of wire fraud. A U.S. Secret Service agent alleges in court papers that Reynolds, who worked for National City Christian Church from 2002 until the scam was uncovered in 2008, used the money to finance luxury cars, trips and jewelry.

The agent, Melissa T. Blake, writes that Reynolds used the church's American Express card to make about $300,000 in personal purchases. Court papers state those purchases included the down payments for a Land Rover and Lexus SUV.

Reynolds is also accused of writing himself more than $200,000 in church checks.

Reynolds, who could not be reached for comment, was released after a hearing Dec. 23.



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