A pastor at a church in Chicago reportedly stole significant sums of money from the state government, funds that were supposed to go toward feeding needy children but which the church leader used to buy a $142,000 Bentley for himself, among other things.
Rev. Clarence Smith Jr., who runs the New Life Impact Church in the Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago, has been indicted on charges related to the alleged fraud. The church has been a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which helps feed children in the area and then bills the state government for the balance.
Smith, who allegedly billed the Illinois government for almost $1 million, has pled not guilty to the charges and remains free on his own recognizance. He has a history of financial troubles, including personal bankruptcy and two lawsuits brought by food supply companies.