Baptist preacher sentenced for swindling church members | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Baptist preacher sentenced for swindling church members

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Thomas Edward James, 34, of Phoenix, formerly an associate pastor at a Missionary Baptist church in Fort Smith, has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison and ordered to pay $524,203 in restitution on mail fraud and tax charges.

The U.S. attorney's office said James fraudulently induced victims, mostly retired members of St. James Missionary Baptist, to invest in what he falsely represented to be Treasury bonds paying 20 percent interest. He didn't invest the money but converted it to personal use. He also admitted filing false tax returns and owing an additional $205,000.


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