American Pastor, Rev. Clarence Smith Jr Steals $142K From Needy Children Fund To Buy Bentley

Date: 15-01-2020 11:17 am (3 years ago) | Author: Adegbenga Ayinla
- at 15-01-2020 11:17 AM (3 years ago)

45- Year- Old Chicago pastor, Rev Clarence Smith Jr is making national headlines after authorities say he defrauded a federal fund intended to help needy children and used it to buy luxury items like a Bentley.
According to The Chicago Tribune, reports that Rev Clarence Smith Jr, of the New Life Impact Church, pleaded not guilty to four counts of fraud in US District Court.

Smith was prosecuted for over-reporting to the state the number of children, elderly and disabled his church fed through their program, he then allegedly wrote personal checks to himself. Prosecutors allege that he billed the state $ 1 million, which was paid in two separate checks in July 2016

Reports that Smith then withdrew money from the church’s bank account and wrote checks for expenses unrelated to the church. One such check was a $142,000 cashier’s check for a 2015 Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedan for himself.

Smith was asked the exact number of children served by the federal funds he suddenly couldn’t find the official records and claimed they’d been damaged in a flood.

The newspaper reports that Smith told the Illinois Board of Education, which locally administers the program, that records showing the number of children the church had served meals to ‘had been damaged in a flood and were no longer available.’

This is not the first time Smith has been accused of financial fraud, The Chicago Tribune reports that in 2001, he pleaded guilty to a charge of financial exploitation of the elderly after he used the credit union account of a deceased man and wrote checks to himself totaling over $100,000.

Following that, in 2012 he filed for bankruptcy reporting that he only had $20 cash to his name and wouldn’t be able to pay the $80K he owed in restitution.

The Tribune also reports that in 2015 and 2016, he was sued by two food supply companies for failing to pay them, although both suits were settled out of court.

After the Tribune’s article was published, Smith posted the following message on Facebook

“To everyone who has [seen] this negative article about me in the press I say wait until you get all the facts,”
The Tribune reports he wrote.
‘It totally hurt me that after fighting back and forth with the state for 5 years that I have been charged with fraud from the food program. Of course the media would portray me as a criminal but didn’t mention the multiple daycares that I had running and several other businesses that I was a part of.
‘I’m not here to prove or explain myself to anyone. I’m going to fight this with everything I have in me. For those of you who know me and won’t rush to judgement please pray for me and for those of you who are looking to throw me or the Church under the bus pray for me also. Peace.”

Posted: at 15-01-2020 11:17 AM (3 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- favourita at 15-01-2020 12:29 PM (3 years ago)
God will continue to expose fake pastors so we go know how many original remain Grin Grin idiot fellows Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 15-01-2020 12:29 PM (3 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- crusita at 16-01-2020 08:23 AM (3 years ago)
pastor are no more pastor,they are theive living above their income.
Posted: at 16-01-2020 08:23 AM (3 years ago) | Gistmaniac