Pastor, accused of molestation, pleads guilty to stealing money from church

| May 5, 2011

The former pastor of Bloomingdale’s New Harvest International Ministries, Kenneth Terrell, pleaded guilty today to stealing money from his church.

Terrell, 46, was indicted on Jan. 4 on wire fraud charges. He pleaded guilty today to embezzling at least $200,000 from the church over more than four years while serving as pastor. Terrell handled the finances for building a new church for New Harvest. A joint investigation by the U.S. Secret Services and Savannah-Chatham Metro police revealed that instead of using the money for construction, he used it for personal gain.

Terrell is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years probation. He remains in jail, pending sentencing.

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