A Greensburg man is accused of taking money from a church and a grocery store when cashing a check from a second church, according to police.
Anthony Lawrence McGeachy, 46, of Greensburg, is charged with theft and bad checks in two cases.
“We understand that this time of year, there are genuine people that need help,” said Police Capt. Shawn Denning while warning churches to beware of those who have ulterior motives when looking for assistance.
Officials at First Church of God on South Pennsylvania Avenue reported earlier this month that in October, McGeachy approached them and asked for $350 to “get his affairs in order,” according to a criminal complaint.
Denning said McGeachy claimed to be from a congregation in Ohio. A deacon provided McGeachy with an additional $150, according to the complaint.
Church officials were unsuccessful in contacting him to have the money repaid, police said.