Pastor Acquitted of Theft Charge

| June 11, 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE — The former pastor of Living Word Community Church in Lauderhill was acquitted of a charge accusing him of stealing from his former congregation this week. Rev. Allen B. Jackson, 44, was charged with a single count of grand theft, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

After the prosecution rested its case, Broward Circuit Court Judge Bernard “Bernie” Bober granted a defense motion for an acquittal without Jackson’s attorney having to put on a defense. Jackson wept as the judge agreed there was no evidence to support the criminal charge and granted the defense’s motion.

“I was overjoyed,” Jackson said following the ruling. “I was arrested and placed in a jail cell, accused of stealing from my own church. It was humiliating and it tainted my reputation in this community and among my congregation, but after 19 months it’s over.”

Pompano Beach attorney Johnny L. McCray Jr. represented Jackson. He attacked the prosecution’s case as being without merit and argued there was never any theft at all.

 

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