"Prosecutors drop theft charges against Manhattan pastor – Cary London Law "


A hellish ordeal for a Manhattan pastor was put to rest Monday when prosecutors tossed charges that he’d stolen from church coffers last year.

He's been "saved" from prosecution.

A hellish ordeal for a Manhattan pastor was put to rest Monday when prosecutors tossed charges that he'd stolen from church coffers last year.

Daniel Iampaglia, 73, was teary-eyed after the Manhattan District Attorney's office dropped the case "because it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."

Iampaglia told the Daily News the arrest and theft accusations have been "a nightmare."

He had been charged with nine counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, for allegedly taking money from funds at the Rock Church on E. 62nd St.

A group of church attendees -- who are trying to boot Iampaglia and are involved in a contentious lawsuit -- installed a surveillance camera and reported to authorities that the clergyman had stolen dough.

Iampaglia said he routinely took petty cash in order to pay for items that needed to be fixed in the aging Upper East Side building, where he also lived.

"For every expenditure, I have a receipt which I presented," the pastor said. "For every receipt there was a legitimate expenditure."

"Children's education, maintenance, light bulbs," Iampaglia said. "I would fix doorknobs."

"It's an old building I was doing the purchases -- I live in the building, these were things that needed to be done," he added.

Iampaglia says he now looks forward to doing the Lord's work without a criminal case weighing over him.

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