Friday, April 10, 2009

Stealing Your Way to Heaven

From the Roanoke Times A Roanoke pastor stole more that $60,000 from relatives and used the money, in part for computers and a sound system for his church. The relatives were two elderly sisters.

The younger sisters was in her 80s, became ill and was placed on life support. She died the next day and her 91-year-old sister was grief-stricken. The pastor who was already executor over the younger sisters estate, convinced the distraught older sister to give him power of attorney over her affairs as well.

He then took the surviving sister, who was 91 at the time, to a lawyer's office and had her give him power of attorney over her finances. He then started taking money out of her account until another relative found out and put an end to it. He will be convicted of one count of embezzlement. Two other counts of embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretenses will be dismissed if he can pay back the $63,340 that he stole.

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