Loudoun missionary officer indicted
A Loudoun County grand jury has indicted Eun Tae Lee, a former top officer for a non-profit Christian missionary group, on 17 counts of embezzlement for allegedly stealing more than $700,000 from the Northern Virginia group.
Lee, 50, was listed in state records as the chief administrative officer for Seed International Inc., a missionary group sponsored by the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Vienna, and headed by the church's former top pastor, Won Sang Lee.
At a preliminary hearing in Loudoun last month, Won Lee testified that the group has 116 missionary families working in 36 different countries, and was based in Sterling.
Court records show that Seed officials told Loudoun sheriff's investigators that Eun Lee had been writing checks from the group's account to his own personal account, and used them for personal expenses, including buying a Porsche Cayenne sport-utility vehicle. Lee lived with his wife in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax County, and also rented an apartment in Annandale, authorities said in a search warrant affidavit.
Lee was arrested in April on one count of embezzlement. His case was bound over to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing in June.
The grand jury on Monday indicted Lee on 17 counts of embezzlement, the Loudoun commonwealth's attorney's office said Wednesday. His case is set for trial on March 14, court records show.
-- Tom Jackman
July 16, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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