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8/13/2005                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor Indicted, Held in Kentucky

He is accused in security-selling fraud.

By Iza Montalvo
The Ledger


FORT MEADE -- The pastor of the First Church of God here has been indicted in Kentucky for selling an unregistered security that cost a small church there about $90,000.

Forrest R. Robinson, 69, of 214 S. Orange Ave., was released from the Boyle County Jail on Wednesday on $10,000 bail, Boyle County Jail Sgt. Ricky Gipson said.

A court date for his arraignment had not been set as of Thursday, according to the Boyle County Clerk of Courts office.

Robinson didn't return telephone calls made to his home in Fort Meade or to the church. Members of the church declined to comment.

Court documents show Robinson was indicted on two felony counts in the Boyle Circuit Court of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on July 6.

The first count of the indictment alleges that in May 2002 Robinson "offered and/or sold an unregistered security" to the Alum Springs First Church of God.

The second count says that as "a continuing course of conduct, Robinson committed the offense of fraudulent and other prohibited practices with securities."

The document also says Robinson "used a scheme . . . to defraud the church and or engaged in acts which operated as a fraud or deceit upon the church."

Prosecutor Richard Bottoms could not be reached for comment Thursday or Friday.

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