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).”