: Thou Shall Not Sell the Lord's House for a BMW

Spinning Blue
02-05-2006, 10:33 AM

Ripon pastor agrees to 16 months behind bars for selling church

A Ripon pastor accused of selling the town's oldest church pleaded guilty to embezzlement on Monday and agreed to 16 months in prison, according to the Associated Press.

Randall Radic, 53, entered his plea in San Joaquin County Superior Court as part of a deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop nine other charges.

AP reports that Radic had preached at First Congregational Church for nearly a decade before he sold the church last October for $525,000 - allegedly using the money to buy a BMW. He also faked documents that gave him possession of his house, which was owned by the church, then used the property to take out loans, authorities assert.

Before the plea deal, Radic had faced up to nine years in prison for 10 counts, including two counts of theft by embezzlement, two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, four counts of forgery of signature and two counts of presenting a fraudulent document, reports AP.

"Radic remains in San Joaquin County Jail on $750,000 bail," according to AP. "He is scheduled to appear for a formal sentencing and restitution hearing on March 16."


02-06-2006, 06:18 PM

02-06-2006, 11:32 PM
What "some" people will do for a BMW. :D