Local priest charged with embezzlement dies

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A Meridian Township priest charged with embezzlement has died.

Bishop Earl Boyea announced Father Jonathan Wehrle's death in a tweet Tuesday afternoon. In it he says Wehrel died at 3 pm, and that it wasn't because of coronavirus.

Wehrle was charged with six counts of embezzling more than $100,000 from St. Martha Parish in Okemos. Auditors say the parish is missing more than $5 million. Investigators seized around $1 million from Wehrle. They say they found more than $60,000 cash in the ceiling tiles of his multi-million dollar home near Williamston.

Wehrle was 69 years old when he died.

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