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UPDATE: Former worker sentenced for stealing from Church of God

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UPDATE: CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - A former worker at the international headquarters for the Church of God has been sentenced to 34 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $1 million.
    
A Cleveland newspaper reports former communications director Troy Scot Carter was sentenced last week in a U.S. District courtroom in Chattanooga.
    
In April, Carter entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in which he admitted taking more than $880,000 from church coffers through schemes that included creating false invoices for audiovisual services. He worked for the church from 2004 to 2013.
    
The Church of God headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, oversees 36,000 congregations around the world.
    
During his sentencing hearing, Carter said he's "a broken man" who's remorseful for his actions.
    
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UPDATE: A plea agreement has been reached in the securities fraud case at a church headquartered in Cleveland. 

Troy Carter plead guilty to charges securities fraud from the Church of God International headquarters. 

The fraud ran between January 2010 until December 2012 resulting in almost $1-million being taken.  

Under the plea agreement Carter will pay all fines and restitution imposed by the Court. 

It is not known at this time what type of sentence Carter will face. 


Troy Carter a former Church of God International employee has been charged with interstate transportation of securities taken by fraud. We went by his house Monday to get his side of the story but learned he doesn't live here anymore. Residents in the area say they are shocked to learn of these allegations

" Yeah...that's quite out of the ordinary"

Carter served as Director of Communications for the denomination. Part of his job was to organize the biannual conventions.  This complaint says between January 2010 and December 2012, Carter created bogus invoices for the church to pay for AV services.  

Church headquarters sent out letters to pastors of local congregations making them aware of the situation.  In the letter it states:

"The findings of the investigation have revealed that no elected church official, former or present was involved or had any knowledge of the irregularities giving rise to this criminal matter"

The letter goes on to say: "We urge prayer for all involved and for the continued ministry of the church,"

We reached out to Carter for comment but he referred us to his attorney. His attorney did not provide us with a comment today.

Folks who are affiliated with the denomination say they are praying for the Church of God tonight and all involved

"Keep them in my prayers...Christ came to redeem us"

Carter's first court appearance has not been scheduled.  
 

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