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Former Bristol, Va., church treasurer to serve 2 years in prison for embezzling nearly $170,000

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Nov 8, 2007 at 12:00 AM

A Bristol, Tenn., man found guilty of embezzling nearly $170,000 from a Bristol, Va. church will serve two years in prison and five years of active, supervised probation, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Jerry Wolfe.

Bristol, Va., Circuit Judge Larry B. Kirksey sentenced Jack Darrell Moore, 43, of 1313 Holly Court in Bristol, Tenn. to five years on each of five counts of embezzlement he'd pleaded guilty to on Sep. 14, the day after a grand jury indicted him on 10 counts of embezzlement.

Kirksey announced his decision at a sentencing hearing Wednesday after considering the probation office's background investigation and a pre-sentence report.

When Moore entered guilty pleas to five of the 10 counts, Wolfe said there'd been no plea agreement to drop the remaining five charges. But on Thursday, a check with the Bristol, Va., court clerk's office revealed that the prosecution decided not to prosecute the remaining charges.

Moore was fired from the First Christian Church in May 2006 after church officials found only about $200 in an account that should've contained nearly $200,000. Moore was arrested on charges alleging he'd used his position as volunteer treasurer to write $168,493.40 worth of checks to himself from the church's account at United Southeast Federal Credit Union over an eight-year time span.

As part of his sentence, Kirksey ordered Moore to pay back the funds he'd taken from the church, as well as an additional $2,600 in restitution to the credit union to cover the cost of providing copies of the canceled checks.

Wolfe said in September he believed Moore had attended the church all his life before volunteering to act as treasurer in 1998.

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