Georgia pastor indicted for COVID-19 relief scam

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Georgia pastor indicted for COVID-19 relief scam

A federal grand jury indicted a Georgia pastor on charges related to stealing thousands of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds.

Mack Devon Knight, 45, was accused of lying to the Small Business Administration in applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Georgia reported.

According to reports Knight said he was also a mortician, restaurateur, and tax preparer.

He applied for loans in February and March for two Camden County businesses.

Knight submitted a false bank document and was approved for $149,000 for one application.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Newspaper stated he then purchased a Mercedes-Benz.

If the pastor is found guilty, he can face financial penalties and a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.