Edmond police arrest OKC pastor
Oklahoma City pastor Baron Hopgood was arrested on four complaints of obtaining under false pretenses.
EDMOND Ă˘â‚¬â€ť An Oklahoma City pastor was arrested in Edmond on Wednesday on four complaints of obtaining under false pretenses.
Baron Hopgood, 35, founder of Baron Hopgood Ministries, also had an outstanding warrant from Midwest City on a complaint of defrauding an innkeeper, Edmond police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said.
The Edmond complaint states Hopgood knowingly wrote checks totaling $5,467 on a closed bank account, Chu said.
According to a police report released Wednesday, Hopgood opened a business account under the name Swivel Entertainment at Kirkpatrick Bank at 2245 W Danforth Road on Oct. 15.
He was expected to be taken to the Oklahoma County jail Wednesday night on $60,000 bail, Chu said.
On Nov. 30, Hopgood surrendered to Oklahoma City police on bogus check charges.
He is being sued by several former employees who claim their paychecks bounced.
The Department of Labor reported that 16 people complained Hopgood did not pay them.
Their claims total $19,754 in the past year.
Baron Hopgood Ministries is a nonprofit organization that serves Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“as a education system to help believers recognize, develop and implement principles proven for success in business and vision fulfillment,Ă˘â‚¬Âť according to the ministry website.
The ministry hosts a seminar on money and goal setting called Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The EncounterĂ˘â‚¬Âť and a weekly meeting called Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Friday Night Live,Ă˘â‚¬Âť to Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“help people maximize their abilities in every aspect of their life,Ă˘â‚¬Âť according to the website.
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