Rahway, NJ – A man who admitted he used his position as a certified public accountant to steal more than $4 million from a Rahway mega church was sentenced to almost 5 years (57 months) in prison Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Donald Gridiron, 51, of Pomona, California, admitted in 2015 that he defrauded the Agape Family Worship Center out of more than $4 million while serving as an accountant for the non-denominational church, according to federal prosecutors.
The church, on East Hazelwood Avenue in Rahway, has a congregation of nearly 5,000.
The Agape Family Worship Center hired Gridiron as an accountant because he knew people in the church, prosecutors said. He was paid a monthly salary and reimbursed for his expenses.
Except while working there, Gridiron also maintained his role as the treasurer for a non-profit based in California. Gridiron transferred more than $4 million between the church and the non-profit, both of which were accounts he controlled.