April 27, 2018

Bogalusa Church Pastor Charged with Theft of Over $90,000

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JERRY R. NEWTON (54) of Slidell, Louisiana was charged yesterday (April 26, 2018) with Theft of Government Funds. NEWTON reportedly applied for Social Security disability benefits but a person receiving disability benefits must disclose to the SSA any employment or income while getting the government money.
In forms submitted to the SSA, NEWTON reportedly failed to disclose that he was the paid pastor of Bogalusa Baptist Church since May of 2007 and that he owned two businesses, Still Dreaming Graphics, LLC and Kclean Sweep, a cleaning service.  Due to his concealing of his salary and income produced from his businesses, NEWTON received a total of $95,316 in DIB benefits to which he was not entitled.
U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that a Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, NEWTON 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, as well as restitution to the Social Security Administration.

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