A 48-year-old former church employee has pleaded guilty to stealing $33,000 from the church in order to gamble.
Christopher Seiple put in his plea in Dakota County District Court, where he admitted to stealing fraudulent checks to vendors, depositing them to his personal bank account. He had been charged with four theft-by-swindle charges, and he pleaded guilty to three of them. The church that was victimized was the Church of St. Peter, which was founded in 1840.
Seiple said he stole the funds to pay his mortgage and play up to $400 worth of scratch tickets daily.
Seiple will be sentenced on March 5th, 2020 and faces serious time in prison.
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