LITTLE ROCK — A Jonesboro pastor has pleaded guilty to defrauding an Oklahoma bank and failure to pay payroll taxes, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday.
LITTLE ROCK — A Jonesboro pastor has pleaded guilty to defrauding an Oklahoma bank and failure to pay payroll taxes, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday.
The office also announced indictments against five northeastern Arkansas residents on drug distribution and firearms charges.
Scott Keith Voss, 43, pastor and president of First Pentecostal Church of Jonesboro, faces up to 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.25 million, U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer said in a release.
In the plea agreement, Voss agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $450,000 to First Bank of Owasso and $148,564 to the Internal Revenue Service.
The federal prosecutor’s office said from September 2007 to June 2010, Voss was involved in a scheme to defraud the bank. He applied for a loan using the church’s Jonesboro Worship Center as collateral, even though he never obtained authorization from the church’s board of directors, prosecutors said.
Voss then used the funds for his own personal use, to retire previous loans unauthorized by the board of directors and to obtain additional funds for expenditures not approved by the board, according to Thyer.
Also, from 2006 to 2010, First Pentecostal Church of Jonesboro withheld tax payments from its employees’ pay checks, but during the same period failed to make any payments to the IRS for the withholdings, Thyer said.
He said Voss was responsible for collection and payment of the church’s payroll taxes.
In an unrelated case, Richard Anderson of Jonesboro and Bridgette Diane Crosswell of Gosnell were indicted on drug conspiracy charges involving methamphetamine. Crosswell also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a pistol while committing a drug trafficking crime.
Michael Dority of Jonesboro was charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute about 44 grams of crack cocaine.
Arthur Ray Osborne, also known as Ray Ray, of Jonesboro was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute about 3.4 ounces of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute 86 ecstasy tablets.
Brian Collins of Blytheville was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute about 1.85 ounces of crack cocaine.