- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - A former worker at the international headquarters for the Church of God has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $1 million.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/1GP1qDv) reports former communications director Troy Scot Carter entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on Wednesday in which he admitted taking $889,766 from church coffers through schemes that included creating false invoices for audiovisual services. He worked for the church from 2004 to 2013.

The Church of God headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, oversees 36,000 congregations around the world.

The plea agreement calls for Carter to serve up to 10 years in prison and pay restitution.

A statement from the Church of God’s executive committee says it expects an insurance policy that protects against fraud to help recoup most of the money.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com


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