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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 10/27/2010

Md. men convicted of bilking churches

By Washington Post editors

A jury has convicted two Maryland men accused in a scheme that bilked 21 black churches in Detroit and other Michigan cities of about $660,000.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said in a statement Tuesday that Wayne County Circuit Court jurors deliberated three days before finding Michael Morris of Waldorf and William Perkins of Oxon Hill guilty on three felony counts including racketeering, conspiracy to commit false pretenses, and three counts of false pretenses.

Authorities said companies gave Morris and Perkins funding for electronic kiosks delivered to churches in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Inkster, Ferndale, Highland Park, Port Huron and Ypsilanti. Church officers believed they were leasing the video terminals, but learned they had signed purchase agreements instead.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 27, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Now go after the churches for bilking the flock.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Time to tax the churches anyway.

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

it seems like some congregations will let anyone who calls himself reverend stand at the pulpit

Posted by: pejochum | October 27, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

oh so very boo hoo hoo

Posted by: lambcannon | October 27, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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