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Former Houston Minister Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Embezzlement

Jerrell Altic stole $800,000 to buy groceries, and to pay for overseas travel and tuition for a doctoral divinity degree, according to court records.

Jerrell Altic.

Jerrell Altic, a former minister with Houston’s First Baptist Church, has been sentenced to ten years in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from the church.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the sentence on Monday. Altic, 40, pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony of Aggregate Theft.

“There was a sad abuse of trust,” said Assistant District Attorney Lester Blizzard. “People looked up to him, and now he is being held accountable for his actions.”

According to court records, Altic, who served as the missions pastor, used the church’s money to buy groceries, and to pay for overseas travel with his family and tuition for a doctoral degree from Lancaster Bible College.

Blizzard said Altic has been cooperative with authorities and has repaid more than $500,000.

In December, Houston’s First Baptist Church said auditors discovered “a limited set of suspicious financial activity related to Jerrell Altic” in November 2017. The statement added Altic resigned when representatives from the church confronted him.

According to the church, Altic’s fraudulent activities happened between 2011 and 2017, and involved missions funds.

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