Thursday, December 31

NYC Pastor Pastor Daniel Iampaglia Caught Stealing Church Money

A New York City church pastor has been arrested on suspicion of stealing money from the parish after surveillance video captured him allegedly pocketing the church's offerings -- but he's still leading services at the church. 
Pastor Daniel Iampaglia was arrested at the Rock Church on East 62nd Street on Nov. 24 on a charge of petit larceny, according to  police. He was issued a desk appearance ticket and released the same day, scheduled to return Jan. 5. 
But in the meantime, he's continuing to hold services, and parishioners are not happy.
Church board members became suspicious after Iampaglia was hospitalized for three weeks, and during his absence, donations during their regular Sunday and Tuesday collections tripled.
They set up a camera, and video from it, obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York, captured Iampaglia repeatedly going into the church office and pocketing cash from the offerings envelope, board members say. 
"He would go in repeatedly," said Sue Cruz, one of the board members. "I think there was one day he went in three times." 
When board members confronted the pastor one Sunday after church in November, "the ironic thing is, he called the police to have the board expelled from the church for harassment," according to board member Joseph McGee. 
But after seeing the videos, cops arrested Iampaglia instead, for allegedly stealing $238. 
Still, Iampaglia is working at the church. 
"Right after he was arrested, the following Sunday I thought he'd be too ashamed to come downstairs and preach. He preached," said Cruz. 

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