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Tulsa minister charged in $930,000 scheme might have embezzled more

BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World Published: August 21, 2014

A Tulsa minister's alleged siphoning off of nearly $1 million from a nonprofit organization he founded is among the largest embezzlements of its kind that area federal prosecutors have seen in the past few years, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said.

And the total sum the minister is charged with embezzling — $933,507 — might have been more if not for the statute of limitations, Williams said.

Willard Lenord Jones, pastor of Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church and former executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Center, was charged last week with three counts of wire fraud and a single count of filing a false tax return.

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