No contest plea in pastor’s embezzlement case

Pastor Gary Petersen. (Courtesy Wellspring Church video podcast)
Pastor Gary Petersen. (Courtesy Wellspring Church video podcast)

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A West Michigan pastor who was charged with embezzlement entered a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday.

Gary Petersen was supposed to go on trial on two felony embezzlement charges Friday, but instead entered a plea agreement. Petersen pleaded no contest to larceny in a building and an embezzlement charge was dropped.

Under the plea deal reached with prosecutors, Petersen will pay $4,000 in restitution. He will also be sentenced to probation, but will not be facing jail time.

According to court documents, Petersen used money from Wellspring Church in Hudsonville to pay for personal vacations without the church’s knowledge.

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