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Minister ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution

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(Source: Dougherty Co. Jail) (Source: Dougherty Co. Jail)

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany minister won't serve jail time for stealing from the Albany Outreach Center and Council on Aging, but he was ordered repay nearly $80,000 in restitution.

Forty-four year old Johann Vandermerwe was charged with 31 counts of theft by conversion and three counts of theft by taking.

Monday, he entered a guilty plea to two counts. He was sentenced to one year house arrest, ten years probation, 80-hours of community service, and $79,348 in restitution.

Vandermerwe admitted stealing tens of thousands of dollars meant to help Alzheimers patients along with two computers from the Albany Outreach Center where he served as the director.


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