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Oklahoma minister indicted in scheme that stole nearly $1M from his nonprofit

BY COREY JONES and MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World Published: August 13, 2014

A minister and former executive director of a Tulsa nonprofit organization has been indicted on three counts of wire fraud in a scheme that prosecutors say diverted nearly $1 million from a community center he founded.

Willard Lenord Jones, pastor of Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church and former executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Center, is alleged to have used community center funds for personal expenses and luxury items that include hotel stays, restaurants, casinos, liquor and automobiles, according to the indictment. He also is accused of failing to report almost $400,000 in income on a 2011 tax form.

“This case is about a man who abused his position and misappropriated funds belonging to the community center project,” U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “Mr. Jones failed to honor the trust of the community.”

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