New Orleans Baptist Pastor Charged With Stealing $95,000 Of Disability Benifits

Federal prosecutors in New Orleans said a man who is pastor fo a church in Bogalusa has been accused of the theft of more than $90,000 in Social Security disability benefits.
Federal prosecutors in New Orleans said a man who is pastor fo a church in Bogalusa has been accused of the theft of more than $90,000 in Social Security disability benefits.
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Federal prosecutors have charged the pastor of a Bogalusa church with theft of more than $95,000 in Social Security disability benefits.

Jerry Newton, pastor of Bogalusa Baptist Church, did not disclose to the Social Security Administration that he had a job and owned two businesses when he applied for and received $95,316 in disability benefits, U.S. Attorney Duane Evans’ office said in a news release.

Newton, 54, of Slidell, concealed his income from those sources while receiving the disability benefits, according to the news release. Evans’ office said persons receiving disability are required to disclose to the Social Security Administration any employment income.

Newton did not disclose that he has been paid as pastor of the church since 2007 and that he also owns two businesses, Still Dreaming Graphics and Kclean Sweep, which is a cleaning service, prosecutors said.

Efforts to contact Newton were not successful Friday (April 27).”

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