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Louisiana pastor pleads guilty in Social Security Scheme

October 3, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say a south Louisiana pastor has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in a $200,000 Social Security scheme.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser says 59-year-old Otho Schilling entered the plea Tuesday. Prosecutors said the crime happened while Schilling served as pastor of a church in Bush. He had the church pay his personal expenses, such as his health and car insurance premiums, in lieu of a salary.

At the same time, Schilling was receiving Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance from the Social Security Administration. Prosecutors said he concealed both his earnings and employment from the Social Security Administration — and fraudulently received over $200,000 in benefits he was not entitled to because he was employed.

He will be sentenced Jan. 8.

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