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April 06, 2016

Calif. Man Gets 57 Months for $4 Million Nonprofit Fraud

A California accountant was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from a New Jersey house of worship and another nonprofit, NJ Advance Media reports. Donald Gridiron, 51, of Pomona pleaded guilty in September to federal wire-fraud and tax charges stemming largely from his work with the Agape Family Worship Center in Rahway, N.J., whose books he managed.

Mr. Gridiron acknowledged diverting more than $4 million from the megachurch and the Western States Golf Association, a California group for which he served as treasurer, from 2007 to 2014 to feed a growing gambling addiction. In addition to a 57-month prison term, he was ordered to make restitution totaling $5.1 million.