Thursday, January 23, 2014

Former Pastor Awaits Sentencing For Embezzling Nearly $100K From California Church; Reportedly Had Prior Murder Conviction

From the Lake County Record-Bee on 1/21/14:

An ex-pastor who pleaded no contest to stealing money from a Clearlake church had his sentence hearing continued Tuesday afternoon at the Lake County Courthouse.

Bruce Stark, 63, will have to wait for his sentence for roughly a month after Judge Andrew S. Blum granted the defense and the court time to study evidence that could affect Stark's sentence. Stark faces up to three years in state prison, Deputy District Attorney Sharon Lerman-Hubert said.


Stark was arrested after allegations that that he stole tens of thousands of dollars in cash and property from the Hilltop Apostolic Church while he was a pastor from 2002 to 2007. His wife Shanell Stark, who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge related to the embezzlement and was sentenced to serve probation time, reportedly held a secretarial position at the time of the alleged theft.

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