Georgia Pastor Corey MeGill Brown Pleads Guilty in Church Embezzling Case

The Rev. Corey MeGill Brown, seen here posing when he served as Savannah-Chatham police chaplain.
The Rev. Corey MeGill Brown, seen here posing when he served as Savannah-Chatham police chaplain.

The Rev. Corey MeGill Brown pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Brunswick to a single mail fraud charge in the alleged embezzlement of more than $200,000 from Second African Baptist Church, where he was senior pastor.

Brown, 47, told Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood he pleaded guilty because he was, in fact, guilty.

As part of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlie Bourne told Wood the government would drop the remaining charges in the 64-count indictment. He said the government would not pursue a forfeiture charge in the indictment but were not barred from seeking full restitution for the victims.

Wood accepted the guilty plea and allowed Brown to remain free on his $20,000 unsecured bond pending sentencing at an undetermined date.

Federal probation officers will prepare a presentencing investigation and a recommended sentencing range for Wood’s consideration.

Bourne indicated the government sentencing recommendation would not exceed 28 months as “appropriate for the case.”

Wood is not bound by the probation officer’s or the government’s recommendation.

Brown, appearing in court with his attorney Tom Withers, made no comment other than to answer the judge’s questions.

Brown earlier had pleaded not guilty to charges in a second indictment which added 16 counts of money laundering to an earlier indictment for mail and wire fraud.

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SOURCE: Jan Skutch
Savannah Morning News