*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.”
Read more at ChristianPost.com.
*Paramount Pictures has acquired the action-heist spec script “Swindle,” which will be developed by “Moneyball” producer Michael De Luca as a star vehicle for Zoe Saldana and Megan Fox.
The storyline is being kept under wraps but the spec sold after both Universal and Paramount chased it, reports Deadline.com. The project came out of a desire by Fox and Saldana to do a movie together. The actresses will also join De Luca as producers.
Saldana is currently shooting the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” sequel and will next star in the Guillaume Canet-directed “Blood Ties,” opposite Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard. She starred with Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in “The Words,” which sold at Sundance to CBS Films.
As previously reported, Saldana is currently in negotiations to star opposite Christian Bale and Casey Affleck in “Out of the Furnace,” which Scott Cooper is attached to direct at Relativity Media.
*Rihanna does not stop with the drama. The Barbados singer is suing her ex-personal trainer, Cindy Percival for over $26,000, the money Rihanna claims she swindled her out of.
The pair have been battling over this money since 2009 when the trainer received $26,144.14 in unpaid wages, saying the singer did not pay her for training for a few weeks in September and October and travel expenses. Rihanna is not convinced, so she filed a suit in L.A. County Superior Court.
The singer claims she fronted Percival the more than $24k for services, but after being fired, the trainer never paid the money back.