July 26, 2018

Bogalusa Church Pastor Pleads Guilty to Theft of SSD Funds

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today (July 26, 2018) that Jerry R. Newton of Slidell pleaded guilty to Theft of Government Funds.

According to the Bill of Information, Newton applied for Social Security disability benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act. A person receiving disability benefits must truthfully disclose to the Social Security Administration any employment or income while getting the government money. In forms submitted to the SSA, Newton 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.

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.

A sentencing hearing is set for October 25, 2018 before United States District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.

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