Florence pastor charged with $107K in bank fraud, identity theft

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A Florence pastor has been indicted with bank fraud and identity theft in connection to his job as a supervisor at the BB&T.

Tony McElveen Sr., pastor of the Greater Faith World Outreach Church, also known as the Full Gospel World Outreach Church, was charged with taking about $107,390 in a series of false credit lines and check writing.

McElveen was a candidate for mayor in Florence in 2016. He lost to incumbent Stephen Wukela.

According to the indictment, McElveen was hired as a supervisor at the BB&T in February 2017. By August he obtained joint credit lines in the name of Full Gospel and two victims, the indictment charges.

McElveen has been charged with opening two $50,000 preferred lines of credit under the identity of two victims, using their social security numbers and birth dates.

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McElveen also opened Visa Card and American Express cards in the names of the two victims, who were over the age of 65, prosecutors said.

The indictment claims the following:

In August, McElveen withdrew $7,500 in the form of a check payable to Full Gospel. Less than 2 weeks later, he withdrew another $28,500 from the victim’s credit line and had a check written to Full Gospel for the amount.

In September he transferred another $39,000 to World Outreach Min. Ten days later, he took another $12,800.

In October, McElveen used $39,980 as payment toward his outstanding mortgage.

McElven must pay back $107,390 in total if he is convicted.

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