Inver Grove Heights Pastor Charged With Swindling Church

| May 5, 2011

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – A pastor at an Inver Grove Heights, Minn. church has been charged with fabricating expenses to the tune of more than $55,000.

Leon Edwill Piepenbrink, 51, of St. Paul, is charged with seven counts of theft-by-swindle for fabricating expenses and stealing money from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod.

The church grew suspicious of Piepenbrink last summer when he started to talk about his safety and that members of the Hmong community he was working with were threatening him. Piepenbrink claimed he had been shot while driving on highway 55 near Hastings on June 16, 2010.

Piepenbrink had access to two separate church funds, and started to request reimbursement for security-related expenses, including a gun, bullet proof glass and a security system.

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