ALBANY, N.Y. – CUMIS Insurance Society said it won’t forgive a defrocked church pastor for stealing from the credit union where he worked, necessitating a $400,000 bond payout by the credit union insurer.
In a civil suit filed Tuesday in federal court, CUMIS says Jason LaPierre, who is serving a three-to-nine-year term at Mid-State Correctional Facility in nearby Marcy, N.Y., is hiding the funds he stole while working as marketing director at Hudson River Community CU. “Mr. LaPierre continues to retain the funds under circumstances that violate the principles of equity and good conscience,” said the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
CUMIS said LaPierre’s retention of the stolen funds violates the terms of his 2011 plea bargain in which he agreed to pay restitution.
LaPierre, 37, who was a minister at the River Church in nearby Kingsbury, when he stole the money over four years by forging 300 cashier’s checks used to pay credit union vendors and depositing them in his personal bank accounts. He told authorities he stole the money to pay bills and support his children.