Former church bulletin worker sentenced for embezzlement and counterfeit checks

Thursday, July 23, 2009 | 3:38 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A former employee of a company that publishes church bulletins faces two years in prison on counterfeit check and embezzlement charges.

John Gehm of Town and Country was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty in June to the counterfeit charge — a crime that authorities said occurred as he was awaiting sentencing for embezzlement.

Authorities said Gehm's crimes began in 2007 and 2008, when he embezzled $104,000 from his employer, Pastoral Solutions Inc., a publisher of church bulletins.

He later went to work for the printing firm Invision LLC. Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap said Gehm deposited counterfeit checks into Invision's account in an effort to generate commission payments.

Gehm must make restitution of $123,000.

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