Former Pastor Sentenced to 19 Years In Prison - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/12/08

Former Pastor Sentenced to 19 Years In Prison

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

A former Lubbock pastor will spend the next 19 years behind bars.

On Monday, Federal Judge Sam Cummings sentenced James Clark to 235 months in prison for fraud, and 120 months in prison for importation of an alien for immoral purposes. Clark will serve those sentences at the same time.

Clark is the former pastor of Lubbock's Mount Vernon United Methodist Church. In December, a jury found Clark guilty of forcing a Kenyan woman to have sex in exchange for tuition to South Plains College. Then in January, jury members also found Clark guilty on 41 counts of fraud. He embezzled approximately $544,000 from the USDA's summer food program, which is supposed to help needy children.

Clark must pay $544,000 in restitution. He had to forfeit two automobiles and his home in Lubbock to the government as part of that payment.  The shell companies Clark created to launder money must also pay restitution of approximately $130,000.

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