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Former Pottstown Pastor Convicted In Fraud Scheme

PHILADELPHIA PA – A former Pottstown pastor and convicted thief with ties to a Phoenixville area ministry was again reminded “thou shalt not steal” by a U.S. District Court judge, who convicted him Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2013) in connection with a $6 million real estate fraud scheme, according to The (Pottstown PA) Mercury.

Michael A. Wilkerson Sr., 47, formerly of Savanna Drive, East Coventry Township, was convicted on charges of bank fraud, loan application fraud, and aiding and abetting in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain $6 million in home loans for properties on Turnberry Circle in Schwenksville, and Pumpkin Hill Road in Glenmoore, between 2006 and 2008, The Mercury said. Court papers indicated Wilkerson was once pastor of New Millennium Life Restoration Fellowship, with locations in Phoenixville and Spring City.

Mortgage broker Denise Haines, 43, of Birdsboro, was similarly convicted. Wilkerson’s wife Joyce and a fourth individual have pleaded guilty.

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