Chicago Pastor Accused of Stealing from Food Program to Buy Himself a Bentley
by Jackie Salo
A Chicago pastor is accused of stealing nearly $1 million from a food program for needy children — using some of the cash to buy himself a flashy new Bentley, federal prosecutors said.
Rev. Clarence Smith Jr., who led New Life Impact Church, was indicted on fraud charges for bilking more than $900,000 given to the ministry for a federally funded food program through the Illinois State Board of Education.
Prosecutors allege that 45-year-old pastor didn’t follow through with feeding the hungry — and instead deposited the checks into his own bank account.
Smith then used the money to buy himself a brand new, $142,000 Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedan and on other expenses, the Chicago Tribune reported.