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$63K Found In Ceiling At Home of Okemos Priest Accused of Theft

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Katie Cook
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WKAR-MSU
Rev. Jonathan Wehrle sits in a courtroom (center) with arms crossed during a 2017 hearing.

State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions.

The search was conducted Tuesday at the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle's luxury home in Williamston.

Police say money was in $2,000 bundles secured with cash bands that said, "For Deposit Only-St. Martha Parish."

Defense attorney Lawrence Nolan declined to comment and said he was withdrawing from the case.

Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos.

He lived at a property worth more than $1 million. Trial is scheduled for Aug. 13.

Authorities have seized $1.1 million from Wehrle, although auditors say more than $5 million is missing.

Nolan has said a bishop allowed Wehrle to use church funds for a home.

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