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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 08/16/2011

Finance director convicted on charges of stealing more than $500,000 from church

The former chief financial officer of a historic downtown church was convicted of stealing more than $500,000 from the institution over five years.

Jason Todd Reynolds, 40, of Bowie was found guilty of fraud, identity theft and tax evasion charges in the District’s federal court Monday after a two-week trial.

After the verdict, Reynolds was ordered held in jail until sentencing, which was scheduled for November before U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in November.

Reynolds was the chief financial officer of National City Christian Church in Northwest Washington. His scam ran from 2003 to 2008, authorities said, and he used the stolen money to finance the purchase of luxury cars, expensive jewelry, tickets to sporting events and luxury vacations. He even siphoned church funds to pay his mortgage. He was fired in June 2008.

During closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Hooks said that Reynolds had “betrayed the trust” of the church while embarking on the five-year scam.

By  |  12:54 PM ET, 08/16/2011

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