Sunday, January 3, 2016

Ex-church member to face trial on embezzlement charges in California

 A judge has ordered a Vallejo man to stand trial on charges he stole about $587,000 from charitable organizations he led on behalf of one of Oakland's most popular churches.
The Oakland Tribune reports ( ) Lewis Clinton was the unpaid president of three different nonprofit foundations at Allen Temple Baptist Church, a 5,000 member parish in East Oakland, when he allegedly embezzled from foundation accounts.
Investigators say the thefts began in 2007 and continued through 2013.
At the time of his arrest in April 2014, he had been AC Transit's chief financial officer for six years, collecting a $225,000 annual salary. The transit agency serves Alameda and Contra Contra counties.
Clinton remains free on $100,000 bail. His public defender declined to comment on the case Thursday.

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