WEST CHESTER, OHIO: A former Southwest Ohio church treasurer has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after admitting he embezzled $800,000 from the congregation and used it to buy drugs, pornography and escorts.
Garry Meyer pleaded guilty last month to aggravated theft for stealing money from Tri-County Baptist Church in West Chester over 14 years.
West Chester is located about 20 miles north of Cincinnati.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that the 61-year-old Meyer apologized to the church and his family Monday during his sentencing hearing.
Butler County Judge Michael Oster says Meyer lived a life of excess, spending the money on cars, drugs, trips, pornography and “high-end escorts.”