‘Toy Story 4’ lie gets former Pinellas church musical director in trouble, deputies say

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – In the popular “Toy Story” movies, the song says “you’ve got a friend in me.”

A former church musical director may have taken that too far. He’s accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly man.

Jeff Snyder, 64, is facing a felony charge of theft from a person 65 years of age or older.

An arrest affidavit says Snyder told his victim he composed the music for the upcoming Disney movie, “Toy Story 4” and would be paid in Disney stock as compensation.

The affidavit says he told his victim he could transfer a portion of the stock to him if the victim paid him “transfer fees.”

All this happened, according to deputies, between the end of May 2017, to mid August of the same year. In all, investigators believe Snyder collected 20 checks and two wire transfers totaling almost $13,000.

When they started asking questions, they say Snyder admitted there is no Disney deal and he hoodwinked the victim with this bogus promise.

Snyder’s LinkedIn page says he is the former musical director of the First Unity Spiritual Campus on 46th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. 

That was five years ago. A member there said Snyder left owing people a lot of money.

More recently, he was the musical director at the Unity Temple of Truth just south of Tropicana Field. Church members say Snyder left several months ago because both he and his mother were ill.

We stopped by Snyder’s house. A man answered the door, but promptly shut it when questions were asked.

Snyder sent a text early Thursday evening saying his attorney told him not to talk to anyone. He said there are two sides to this story.

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