- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a former Central California pastor has admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in government benefits.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/29KRY8o ) Tuesday that 55-year-old Alvin Dickson, a former pastor at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Fresno, collected about $113,000 in Social Security disability insurance benefits while earning a church salary and living rent free between July 2005 and April 2013.

He did not disclose his employment or income to the government, the newspaper reported.

Dickson pleaded guilty to theft of government property. He will be sentenced Oct. 24, and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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