October 03, 2018

Pastor From Mt. Hermon Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Otho Schilling (59) of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana pleaded Tuesday (October 2, 2018) to Theft of Government Funds.

According to court records, 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, 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 in RSDI benefits he was not entitled to due to his employment with the church.

U. S. District Court Judge Jay C. Zainey will sentence Schilling on January 8, 2019. He 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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