Prominent Mt. Sinai Pastor charged in federal tax case

| September 13, 2011

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Attorney's Office today charged the senior pastor of the prominent Mount Sinai Baptist Church with intentionally failing to pay at least $90,000 in taxes that were witheld from the paychecks of church employees.

The Rev. Charles J. Matthews, 58, of Shaker Heights was supposed to forward the payroll income and Social Security taxes to the federal government, according to the charges.

Instead, Matthews is accused of funneling them into a private account for his personal use.

The sometimes controversial pastor declined to comment on the charges or his future with Mount Sinai. Matthews said he may issue a statement at a later date to address the charges.

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