February 17, 2018

Former Church Pastor From Mt. Hermon Indicted

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Otho Schilling (58) of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana, was indicted February 15, 2018 by a federal grand jury for Theft of Government Funds.
According to the indictment, Schilling, while the pastor of a church in Bush, between 2005-2016, required the church to pay his personal expenses, such as his health and car insurance premiums, car payments, and personal land note in lieu of the church paying him a salary directly. During this period, Schilling was receiving Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance (“RSDI”) from the Social Security Administration in the amount of $1,728 a month.  Schilling concealed both his earnings and employment from the Social Security Administration.   Accordingly, Schilling fraudulently received over $200,000.00 in RSDI benefits he was not entitled to due to his employment with the church.
If convicted, Schilling faces a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

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