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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Raymond Vliet Accused of Conning Elderly Congregants

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Raymond Vliet, pastor of Old Beth-el General Baptist Church in Flushing, Michigan, (no web presence) stands accused of bilking an elderly parishioner out of tens of thousands of dollars. Authorities believe there could be more victims.  WNEM-5 reports:

Vliet, pastor of Old Beth-el general Baptist Church in Mt. Morris Township, faces charges of embezzling $20,000 to $50,000 from a vulnerable adult and committing a financial transaction without consent.

Sheriff Robert Pickell said the investigation started after a loan officer noticed something suspicious. Pickell said that happened when Vliet, who had power of attorney for a 91-year-old parishioner and his wife, went to a credit union to get a loan for a pontoon.

“The pastor convinced the victim’s wife before she died to sign over the modular home in the name of the church and it’s Beth-el general Baptist Church. And she did that because she was so taken in by the pastor. He was doing God’s work,” Pickell said.

The loan officer denied the loan request, and while researching, found Vliet also had power of attorney for other members of the church, Pickell said. That’s when she called the Elder Abuse Task Force.

Pickell said when the credit union turned down the loan, the pastor went to another place and did secure a loan. He also got a loan for another vehicle when he learned the 91-year-old man’s vehicle couldn’t pull the pontoon.

When a welfare check was done at the victim’s house, Pickell said officials noticed some things that just weren’t right.

Sheriff Pickell said, “That’s a pastor that should go to hell.” And all God’s people and atheists too said AMEN!


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    Hugh D. Young

    Ahhhhh, Thee Good Pastor Vile, welcome to HELL! Supper is served promptly @ 666 o’ clock, and do try the Stooo, I labored over it myself!!! :v

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    again, no big surprise. I have known many pastors over the years who have cozied up to elderly church members and received homes,cars,money etc when the person died. left the family high and dry and pastor threatened to ruin family’s rep so family backs down and preacher is enriched. so typical. if we could have sued for amount of dollars inlaws wasted on their pastor/church, my mil could be living so much better. keep putting this out there and hopefully people will realize that these pastors are just people who grift.

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    Dolly Hunt

    Been putting it out there. We are the daughters. We think He has been allowed to take everything our father has! Very very disappointed with the fact he is not in jail and for a long long time along with his so called fiancé who also has our dads belongings. Just s thought but, i did not know you could be married and have a fiancé???

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