Florence pastor charged with bank fraud, ID theft

Florence pastor charged with bank fraud, ID theft

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A Florence church pastor is facing charges after allegedly opening lines of credit using the names of two people without their knowledge.

Tony McElveen, Sr. has been charged with bank fraud and aggravated identification theft.

According to a court filing, McElveen Sr. served as pastor of Greater Faith World Outreach Church, also known as Full Gospel World Outreach Church.

Around February 2017, McElveen Sr. was hired as a supervisor at a BB&T branch in Rowland, NC, the court filing states. Between July 2017 and September 2017, authorities say McElveen Sr. opened two $50,000 preferred lines of credit in the victims’ names.

According to the court filing, both victims were over the age of 65.

On several occasions, McElveen Sr. reportedly withdrew money from the credit line to obtain checks payable to his church. Authorities say the defendant also opened Visa and American Express cards in the name of the one of the victims and his church.

Between September 2017 and October 2017, McElveen Sr. made purchases using credit cards he fraudulently opened in someone else’s name, then paid off those credit cards using that same victim’s bank account, according to the court filing. During this time, the defendant also allegedly withdrew money from the church’s bank account to pay his outstanding mortgage debt.

If convicted, McElveen Sr. must forfeit the gross proceeds of the offenses, totaling over $107,000, the court filing states.

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