*A Southern Maryland pastor who amassed millions in wealth has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for hiding church assets and failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, reports ChristianPost.com.
Robert J. Freeman of Save the Seed Ministry in Waldorf, Md., bought luxury cars, had a $1.75 million home, two four-car garages and a jet-ski lift, but on Monday prosecutors in Greenbelt concluded that he had taken money from his congregation to afford all of this property.
“Freeman lived a life of fraud and deception, using millions of dollars from church members, and fraudulently obtained credit to pay for luxury cars and a mansion while falsely representing in court that he was indigent,” said Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement, The Washington Post reported.
The 56-year-old pastor, who was also known by the nickname “Dr. Shine,” admitted that he lied during bankruptcy proceedings and has taken responsibility for his actions, although he claimed his church members were well aware what the ministry’s money was going toward.
“I did all this publicly,” Freeman told U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus. “There wasn’t nothing shady about it.”
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