Former SC Pastor Pleads to Federal Felony Charges

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) _ A former Conway pastor has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a Ponzi scheme in which people were bilked out of $2.5 million. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports ( ) 41-year-old Archie Larue Evans entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Bryan Harwell in Florence on Wednesday. Evans pleaded to mail fraud and a charge of structuring financial transactions to evade the reporting bank deposits of more than $10,000. Evans is the former pastor of Tilly Swamp Baptist Church and faces 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Prosecutors say he convinced church members and others to invest in a company he ran promising high rates of interest. They say he lost or spent the money, but prepared false financial statements showing high returns. ___ Information from: The Sun News

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