HOUSTON, Texas — A former minister at Houston's First Baptist Church has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from the church.

40-year-old Jerrell Altic had previously admitted to embezzling the money over a six-year period between 2011 and 2017.

Prosecutors say Altic used the money, obtained through deceptive practices and forgery, to live above his means, obtain a doctorate from Lancaster Bible School, and fund overseas trips.

Altic immediately resigned his position with the church when confronted by church officials who discovered the theft.

In a statement, First Baptist Church states they have "enacted additional policies to help ensure all donations and expenses are protected and handled properly moving forward."

The church used an insurance payment of $500,000 and unallocated contingency funds to reimburse the church's mission fund, the fund church officials say was targeted in the embezzlement scheme.


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