Former NJ bishop accused of stealing

June 12, 2008 1:28:58 PM PDT
A former Pentecostal bishop has been indicted on charges he stole nearly $160,000 by soliciting loans from church members and others. A state indictment handed up Thursday charged that Steven Parrott promised he would quickly repay the five victims with large amounts of interest.

The 52-year-old once oversaw a diocese that included churches in Essex, Hudson and Mercer counties and had led the Lighthouse Temple Church in Newark. Prosecutors say he was removed when the thefts came to light.

Authorities had no immediate information on a lawyer for Parrott and no listing could be found for Parrott.

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