Pastor accused of taking state grant money for bogus program

Pastor accused of taking state grant money for bogus program

July 5th, 2016 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville-area church pastor and his associate have been indicted on charges accusing them of securing grant money for an addiction treatment program that did not exist.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Mount Hopewell Baptist Church pastor Clinton Lewis and Andre Trice were booked into the Davidson County Jail last week.

The TBI says that between 2011 and 2015, Lewis and Trice received more than $60,000 in state grant money, but their clients on a list submitted to the state received no program services. In some cases, the clients were found to be dead or incarcerated.

The TBI says the 48-year-old Lewis of Hermitage and the 38-year-old Trice of Antioch were charged with four counts each of theft.

It wasn't immediately known whether Lewis and Trice had attorneys.