Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ohio pastor charged with stealing $1M from church

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio pastor has been charged with stealing more than $1 million from his former church.

A jury on Friday indicted David Thompson on 23 counts, including money laundering, theft and filing false tax returns. Prosecutors say Thompson stole money from World of Pentecost Church in Columbus between 1998 and 2007 and spent it on his home, two expensive vehicles and other items.

Prosecutors say Thompson also sold church property to the city and kept the $900,000 payment.

Church leaders have filed a lawsuit seeking repayment. Attorney Craig Scott, who represents the church, says the charges have saddened members of the congregation and some have left as a result.

Thompson faces up to 87 years in prison if convicted.

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