Tax Convictions Send Former Pastor To Prison


(Baltimore, MD) — A former Maryland pastor will spend the next three years in prison for tax violations. Prosecutors say in 2006, Otis Ray Hope lied to get a $1.75-million loan for Shiloh Ministries of Hagerstown. He was also convicted of tax evasion charges related to Shiloh Ministries. In addition, Hope stole money from Montrose Christian School in Rockville between 1996 until 2002, when he served as senior pastor of Montrose Baptist Church. After the 53-year-old is released from prison, he will serve three years probation. A judge also ordered Hope to pay more than $2 million in restitution.

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