A former pastor in Oso, Washington was caught stealing thousands of dollars that were meant to go towards the city’s relief efforts after a landslide hit and killed nearly 43 people.
About $390,000 was donated to the city, but not all the money was accounted for when audited, and only $350,000 was used for relief efforts. Pastor Gary J. Ray was accused of stealing an additional $6,000 and “diverted the donations for his own use, with ‘no intention’ of distributing them.”
The incident took place in 2014, but Ray was charged this month. He was fired from the church and was found guilty of first-degree theft.