Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pastor arrested on $75 000 fraud

Again, the reason we take the time to write and post about these articles is because we Muslims are constantly donating to Christian based groups and Churches. I'm guessing many of us don't want our money to go to Pastor's pockets hmm?

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A part-time pastor accused of defrauding his Baton Rouge church out of $75,000 has been arrested on fraud and theft charges.

Baton Rouge police got a complaint from Fairview Baptist Church on Braddock Street on June 4th. The church received expensive bills from credit card companies. According to police, the church's part-time interim pastor, Keith Cowart, allegedly helped himself to some personal information.

Police arrested Cowart Wednesday. He was released on a $20,000 bond. He's charged with two counts of bank fraud, two counts of access device fraud, and one count of felony theft. "Yeah, that's a sin before God if he done that," said Wayne Jones, a member of Fairview Baptist Church. "You don't do no stealing from the church."

"Apparently, he had used the church identification number, as well as personal identification information from a deceased pastor who formerly preached at the church," said Sgt. Don Kelly with the Baton Rouge Police Department. Police say Cowart began opening up credit cards with false identities. "It looks like all of the credit cards had limits on them totaling about $75,000 and this individual is accused of maxing all of those credit cards out," Kelly said.

Calls Fairview Baptist Church went unanswered. Jones says he heard Cowart talk about his failures one Sunday before the congregation. "He stood up, his own self, and says he had a problem with the congregation. He had a defect with his own self."

Attempts to contact Keith Cowart were unsuccessful. He has an address in New Orleans but none listed in Baton Rouge.


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