Pastor Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for False Bankruptcy
They say that what’s done in the dark always comes to the light. This was proven to be true in Waldorf, Maryland at Save The Seed Ministry. According to reports, the church’s pastor, Rev. Robert J. Freeman, was accused of fraudulently filing bankruptcy while using millions of dollars from the church to maintain a lavish lifestyle.
Prosecutors say that Rev. Freeman hid the church’s assets to avoid paying off his debts. It’s also documented that the Reverend drove fancy cars and lived in a $1.75 million home on the Potomac River. The home has five fireplaces, a jet-ski lift and two four-car garages.
Rev. Freeman was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison because of the bankruptcy case.
“Freeman lived a life of fraud and deception, using millions of dollars from church members, and fraudulently obtained credit to pay for luxury cars and a mansion while falsely representing in court that he was indigent,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.
Freeman admitted in court that he takes responsibility for lying during bankruptcy proceedings. But he said his congregation willingly funded purchases on behalf of the church.
“I did all this publicly,” Rev. Freeman told the judge in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. “There wasn’t nothing shady about it.”
“The essence of this crime was taking advantage of unwitting people,” District Judge Roger W. Titus said before sentencing Freeman to 27 months in prison. The judge also ordered Freeman to pay more than $630,000 to four church members who took out loans to purchase the cars and mansion.