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Fraudbuster Barry Minkow Convicted of Cheating His Own Church Out of $3 Million

Already in prison, former conman turned watchdog for Christian ministries could now serve an extended sentence.
Fraudbuster Barry Minkow Convicted of Cheating His Own Church Out of $3 Million
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Barry Minkow on CT's January 2005 cover.

Barry Minkow, who once graced CT's cover as an ex-conman turned watchdog saving Christian organizations from billions of dollars of fraud, has been convicted of cheating his own congregation.

Minkow was convicted Wednesday of embezzling $3 million from San Diego Community Bible Church. "We stand vigilant against those who cheat and steal without regard to the consequences wrought on their victims and their communities," U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy told the Associated Press (AP).

Courthouse News Service reports that Minkow pleaded guilty to opening unauthorized bank accounts, forging signatures, and using funds from the church for his personal benefit.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

In addition, Minkow confessed to diverting SDCBC member donations for his own benefit and embezzling money intended as church donations. In all, Minkow admitted purloining - and concealing from the IRS - at least $3 million from SDCBC's parishioners ...
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