Update: St. Martha’s Parish Embezzlement Investigation

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LANSING, MI – On July 17, 2018, detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) First District Special Investigation Section executed a second search warrant at the residence of Jonathan Wehrle. Information was developed by detectives from the Lansing Police Department who assisted Special Investigation Section detectives in developing probable cause for a second search warrant.Jonathan Wehrle

As a result of the search warrant, $63,392 in cash was seized from the residence. The currency was hidden above ceiling tiles in the basement of the residence. A majority of the cash seized was in $2,000 bundles of $20-dollar bills with paper cash bands that were stamped: For Deposit Only – St. Martha Parish and School. Additional evidence was seized from the home related to the investigation.

Wehrle was in the residence, along with two other persons, during the execution of the search warrant.

A circuit court pretrial conference for Wehrle is scheduled for Aug. 2, 2018.

The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office will be addressing the forfeiture of the seized money as it is believed to be embezzled funds from St. Martha’s Parish. In total, $1,107,444.98 has been seized from Wehrle in an attempt to recover embezzled funds from St. Martha’s Parish.

MSP First District Special Investigation Section detectives were assisted by the MSP Canine Unit, First District Hometown Security Team and Lansing Police Department.

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