Chicago Pastor Bernard Johnson Sentenced to 15 Years for Stealing Over $50,000

Bernard Johnson, 47 ( Cook County Sheriff's office / May 5, 2014 )
Bernard Johnson, 47 ( Cook County Sheriff’s office / May 5, 2014 )

A former South Side pastor who ran up more than $50,000 in credit card bills in his church’s name was sentenced to 15 years in prison for theft today, according to prosecutors and court records.

Criminal Court Judge Maura Slattery Boyle sentenced Bernard Johnson, 47, to prison in the thefts from the St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which prosecutors said took place between 2008 and 2010.

After being indicted in February 2013 on theft and fraud charges, Johnson pled guilty today to theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 from a place of worship, according to court records.

Johnson was pastor at St. Paul, 4644 S. Dearborn St., from the early 1990s until July 2010, according to his online resume. He pleaded guilty to stealing more than $43,000 from an Alabama school in 2009, for which he received probation.

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune

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