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Jul 12, 2012 6:58 AM by AP

Ex-N.O. pastor to be sentenced for stealing $1M

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans church pastor is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for stealing nearly $1 million in disaster loan payments meant to rebuild the church after Hurricane Katrina.

Toris Young faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. Young pleaded guilty in January to theft of government funds and mail fraud.

Prosecutors say Young used the loan awarded to Bible Way Baptist Church to pay for personal expenses, including jewelry, vehicles and clothes.

Court papers say Young submitted fraudulent invoices and receipts to secure more than $963,000 in loan proceeds from the Small Business Administration after the 2005 storm. The church property was vacant with overgrown weeds when the SBA checked to see how he spent the money.

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