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Former Pastor Arrested For Scamming Elderly Parishioners To Fund Seedy Lifestyle

When you can’t fund your own lifestyle, it’s time to take a step back and take a closer look at things. From a bottom-line perspective, you will come up with two choices that can help to rectify the situation.

You can either figure out a way to earn more money, or you can cut out the unnecessary expenditures that are causing you to fall behind. While neither of those two steps are the easiest things to make happen, one or the other is exactly what’s needed when it comes time to right the ship.

Of course, you can also bilk unsuspecting folks out of cash so that you can keep on trucking along, but that route doesn’t end well for all parties involved. Situations such as these are unfortunately rather common, and the audacity of the scam artist involved is typically rather mind-blowing.

We have another case to add to that ever-growing list, and this one emanates out of Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

As RawStory shares, the former pastor of the Broadway Baptist Church has been arrested by Sand Springs police on two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses. Mark Wayne Miller, 48, preyed on elderly parishioners at the church with sob story after sob story, and seven members fell for it to the tune of $46,000.

There could be even more victims, as ten members of the congregation that also lost money to Miller declined to take part in the year-long investigation.

Some of the members were told that he needed the money for his daughter’s college tuition, but he would later claim that he lost the money in a business deal. He pressed one church member for another $39,000 with claims that he needed it for his son’s tuition, but that member thankfully declined to hand over such a large sum of money.

Miller resigned as pastor at the church earlier this year after church officials confronted him about the money he had received from members of the church.

So what did he use all of that money for? Drugs, gambling, and vacations. When interviewed by investigators, he claimed that he was addicted to painkillers.

He noted that he had racked up some debts and used his kids' tuition money to settle that up. Miller said he borrowed the money from the members to make things whole, but he lost the money while gambling. He tried to get it back by gambling even more. Needless to say, it didn’t work out.

“For what we could tell, (Miller) first started borrowing money in October of 2016,” according to Sand Springs Police Capt. Todd Enzbrenner. “That victim tried to recoup the money, and when that didn’t happen she called us and filed a report.”

Kudos to the church member for speaking up before he could bilk even more folks out of money. There’s no word on how much jail time Miller will be facing, but we’ll hold out hope that he goes away for a long time.

Source: RawStory
Photos: Sand Springs Sheriff's Dept, Michael Heim/123RF Stock Photo, Erin Bonilla/123RF Stock Photo, Google, PxHere

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