Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Former Virginnia Pastor's Trial On Embezzlement Charges Begins Today
The trial for Kenneth L. Montgomery, 49, the former pastor of Hilltop Community Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who is accused of embezzling $131,000 from the church, commenced today. Montgomery, who was the pastor from 2004 - 2007, allegedly cashed parishioner's checks instead of depositing them into the Church coffers. Montgomery reportedly stripped his house after it was sold at auction to pay a civil judgment in this case, including its mailbox, a hot tub and kitchen cabinet knobs. He also reportedly removed 10 to 15 shrubs. We note that Montgomery was convicted in 1994 on seven felony counts for embezzlement and theft from his former employer, a painting contractor.