Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis / Crime
3:53 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Former organist charged with forgery, theft against Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

A former organist at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis has been charged with federal theft and forgery in relation to the St. Louis Cathedral Choir.

According to a probable cause statement provided by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office on its website, Maximilian Tenney, 33, is charged with the following:

  • One count of theft/stealing (value Of Property Or Services Is $25,000 Or More) (Class B Felony)
  • 15 counts of forgery, which, according to the Circuit Attorney's office, included forging checks totaling over $36,000 from the St. Louis Cathedral Choir.

A Sept. 19 bulletin says that Tenney was recently hired as the new musical director at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria, La. An interview with Tenney on Radio Maria from Oct. 17, in which he talks about his musical experiences can be found here, including a portion in which he talks about his work in St. Louis around the 9:50 time mark.