A Raytown man who embezzled more than $86,000 from two metro area Catholic parishes where he worked or volunteered was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole.
David Townley, 60, had pleaded guilty to one count each of wire fraud, mail fraud and tax evasion. He must also pay $86,297 in restitution.
He pleaded guilty in February to stealing from Nativity of Mary Church and school in Independence and Sacred Heart of Guadalupe Church in Kansas City.
Townley admitted that he committed wire fraud while serving as business manager at Nativity from December 2006 to June 2013. His job gave him access to collections, donations and tuition payments, and according to court documents he skimmed tuition payments and made frequent bank deposits separate from his and his wife's salary payments. In all, he stole $52,166 from Nativity.
During that same time period, Townley admitted, he stole $34,131 from Guadalupe, where he had been volunteering since 2002 and began stealing four years later. He had been in charge of paying bills, making book entries and preparing tax returns. According to court documents he wrote unauthorized checks to himself and third parties.
Analysis of Townley's bank records showed he used the embezzled money mostly to pay off credit card debt. Townley also admitted that he failed to file federal income tax returns for tax years 2005-13 and tried to conceal his true sources of income at Nativity and Guadalupe. During those years he had taxable income that ranged from $54,633 to $115,721, according to court documents. The total federal tax loss during that time is $59,322, and the state tax loss is $30,117.