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Pastor under investigation for misusing church member�s money

There are hundreds of types of crimes with which people can be charged. However, sometimes people in Fairfield County face criminal charges because of innocent mistakes. Not everyone who is charged with a crime is guilty.

According to authorities, a pastor from Stratford has reportedly given a large sum of money to a convicted felon, which in and of itself is not a crime. However, the pastor has been accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a member of his congregation in order to give the convicted felon the money. According to reports, the pastor was given control of the elderly church member’s estate. He then began loaning the money to the convicted felon in 2009.

According to court papers, over the years, he reportedly withdrew nearly $174,000 from the woman’s estate. The pastor has reportedly admitted that he did give the money to a woman who was convicted of forgery and larceny. However, he claims that he loaned the money to the woman because she promised to pay it back with interest. There were no reports as to whether or not the woman who received the money did anything illegal and she has not been charged with a crime at this point.

There are many details of this case that still have to be sorted out. Although this pastor has admitted giving the woman money, it may all be a matter of trusting the wrong person. If the pastor believed he would get the money back with interest, he may not have even thought he was doing anything wrong. However, he might want to hire a defense attorney as soon as possible, if he hasn’t already.

Source: WFSB, “Stratford pastor accused of loaning parishioner's money to convicted felon,” Matt Campbell and Rob Polansky, Mar. 20, 2014

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