A judge sentenced the former pastor of the Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in Tulsa (OK) to a 37-month prison term and ordered him to repay nearly $1 million in funds prosecutors say he “pillaged” from a nonprofit he once led.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Jones will forfeit his residence; a full-length mink coat monogrammed with “J.J. Jones” and matching gloves; and a Rolex watch, court records indicate. “I’m optimistic that they will get some of the monies back. I don’t think that he’s going to have the ability to pay almost a million dollars in his lifetime,” Williams said.
Federal prosecutors, in court documents, said Jones “did a good thing” when he helped to raise funds for the community center.
“He did a far worse thing when he pillaged its treasury for his personal vanity, nearly destroying the center in the process,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Leitch said in a pre-sentencing court filing.
“He stole almost one million dollars, flaunted the tax consequences and didn’t stop until he was caught."