Total Depravity: The Thieving Pastors Edition
A Nashville area pastor and his associate were arrested and charged Friday with securing state grant money for an addiction treatment program that didn’t exist. Clinton Lewis, 48, of Hermitage, and Andre Trice, 38, of Antioch, are each charged with four counts of theft.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says they learned between 2011 and 2015, Lewis, a pastor at Mt. Hopewell Baptist Church, and Trice fraudulently received more than $60,000 in grant money from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
The money was supposed to be used for an addiction recovery program operated as part of the Mt. Hopewell Baptist Church. TBI alleges none of the clients on the list submitted to the state actually received any of the money, and some were actually deceased or incarcerated. They also say the persons listed as active counselors in the program did not think it was still in existence.
The love of money is the root of all evil.