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Thu Apr 18, 2019, 10:12 PM

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Source: Associated Press

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

By MITCH WEISS and HOLBROOK MOHR
April 18, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation.

Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Asheville in June 2018. He pleaded guilty to the charge in September. The conspiracy charge carried a possible maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

“I’ve come here to admit what I’ve done is wrong,” Covington told U.S. District Court Judge Martin Reidinger before he was sentenced.

But U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger said Covington showed a “cynical disregard for the law.” He noted that the scheme happened at a time when the state agency that handles unemployment had to borrow money during the recession.

“It undermined the entire employment security structure of the state. It was sort of like picking the pocket of a dying man,” Reidinger said.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 11:04 PM

1. Because it's ALWAYS okay to lie to MAN to further GOD's Will.

These are the same sort of "Christians" as Mike Pence and SHS. It is ALWAYS, ALWAYS okay to lie to man and the institutions of man if one believes they are furthering the word of "GOD."

THIS is how they look at themselves in the mirror every day. They tell themselves they are doing what they do for "GOD"

This is evil. I want nothing to do with their "GOD"

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Response to bitterross (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 07:52 AM

2. No need to put Christians in quotes.

There are Christians who behave nicely, and Christians who behave poorly. At least according to you or me.

In their minds, all Christians think they are doing exactly what their god wants them to do. There's a lot in the Christian tradition (bible and church teachings) that can be used to justify pretty much anything. (And has been.)

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