Former Geneva pastor found guilty of theft

| August 6, 2010

A former Geneva County pastor was convicted Wednesday of taking more than $250,000 from a church he led for more than a year.

It took a jury around two hours to find Steven B. McQueen, 40, guilty of three counts of theft of property, according to Geneva County Assistant District Attorney Steven Smith.
McQueen's attorney, David Harrison, did not return calls for comment as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

A statement from the D.A.'s office said McQueen presented a plan in 2004 to Solid Rock Worship Center in Geneva to employ his company, New Look Construction, to build a new sanctuary for around $150,000.

The church took out loans for the project and was asked by McQueen for another $100,000 the following year, according to court records.

Smith said members of the church testified the new sanctuary remained unfinished at the time McQueen resigned from the church in May 2006.

Another $26,000 was taken through a loan in which McQueen put up the church's van – which was paid for – as collateral.

The van was eventually sold, according to Smith.

McQueen was indicted in 2007, the year the investigator of the case, Jimmy Hand, passed away.

"The members of the church have waited a long time for justice, but they hung in there and justice was finally served. It has appeared Steven McQueen thought he owed them no answers for his actions. It was difficult without Mr. Hand, but his hard work is what led to justice in this case," Smith said.

McQueen, who authorities said works for another construction company, is expected to be sentenced at a later date.

He faces between two and 20 years for all three cases.

 

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