Chicago Pastor Charged for Stealing $1M from Government Food Stamps Program

A pastor in Chicago has been accused of stealing almost $1 million from a federal food program aimed at feeding poor children, and using the funds to buy an expensive Bentley automobile, Breitbart reports.

The pastor, Rev. Clarence Smith Jr. of New Life Impact Church, has been charged with fraud after prosecutors claim that he appropriated over $900,000 that was given to the church in order to fund the food program, which is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.

But instead of putting the funds into the program, the pastor allegedly used the money to purchase a “Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedan” worth $142,000. Smith pleaded not guilty to four counts of fraud, and later issued a statement in which he “totally denied any and all allegations of fraud,” saying that he was determined to “let this play out in court.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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