Here We Go Again, Another Pastor Sentenced To Prison!!
Reader, prosecutors charged that a New Jersey pastor took bribes, including $150,000 in donations to his church. In exchange for helping another man take over a small credit union associated with the church. The New Jersey pastor was sentenced to five years in prison for scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange escape scrutiny from banks and regulators.
Trevon Gross, 47, was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, who also ordered him to pay a $12,000 fine, U.S. prosecutors said. A lawyer for Gross could not immediately be reached for comment. The bitcoin exchange involved in the case, Coin.mx, was linked to an investigation of a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co, revealed in 2014, that exposed more than 83 million accounts. Gross was convicted by a jury in March along with Yuri Lebedev, a Florida software engineer. Prosecutors charged that Gross took bribes from Lebedev and the operator of Coin.mx, Anthony Murgio, including $150,000 in donations to his church, HOPE Cathedral in Jackson, New Jersey. In exchange, they said, Gross helped Murgio take over a small credit union associated with the church.