The retired pastor from a North Side Presbyterian church is accused of stealing more than $357,000 from it.
The Rev. Wayne Peck, 70, of Highland Park, is charged with theft and receiving stolen property. He turned himself in to detectives from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday.
His attorney, Efrem M. Grail, said “It is shocking that the Pittsburgh Presbytery has chosen to resolve an honest dispute in this manner.”
According to the criminal complaint, Peck was hired by Community House Presbyterian Church, which currently has about 50 members, in 1977 and served in that role until his retirement in March 2017.
However, investigators with the DA’s office were contacted by representatives of the Pittsburgh Presbytery and Community House Presbyterian Church after financial irregularities were discovered in the fall of 2019.
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Source: Tribune Live