NEWARK — The former pastor of a New Jersey church has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing more than $157,000 he fraudulently solicited as loans from members of his congregation.
Fifty-three-year-old Steven Parrott of Newark, former pastor of Newark's Lighthouse Temple Church, pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to misconduct by a corporate official.
At today's sentencing in Mount Holly, Superior Court Judge Patricia LeBon also ordered Parrott to make full restitution to five victims named in the criminal indictment.
State prosecutors said Parrott borrowed money claiming it was for church projects, promising he would pay it back with interest. They said Parrott lied about the projects and used the money for personal expenses.