A Georgia pastor was sentenced to 28 months in prison after he was convicted of using tithes and church donations to buy items from lingerie and leather goods stores, reported the Atlantic Journal Constitution.
Corey Megill Brown, 47, was also sentenced on Friday to pay his former church more than $178,000 for the embezzlements, which all occurred between 2008 and 2014.
Brown had previously pled guilty to mail fraud in a related case.
The pastor, who preached at the Second African Baptist Church and was a chaplain for a local police department, deposited the stolen money into a bank account called “Romans 12 Ministries.”
Other church leaders were not aware of the existence of this account, WSAV reported.
“Brown’s parishioners thought they were offering their hard earned savings so their church could do good works,” said Acting U.S. Attorney James Durham in a statement. “Little did they know, Brown’s idea of good work was to line his own pockets.”