Asheville Pastor Pleads Guilty In Bank Fraud Case

An Asheville pastor faces five years in prison for his part in a scheme to defraud a local bank by using so-called "straw borrowers" to get $825,000 in loans.

Reports say that Nicholas Dimitris pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal court last month.

Dimitris admitted to being part of a scheme to use straw borrowers, or stand-ins for the real recipients, to get loans from Pisgah Community Bank.

The 37-year-old is the pastor of C3 Church in Asheville. A call to his lawyer, Ronald True, was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Along with a maximum of five years in federal prison, Dimitris could also face a fine of up to $250,000.

It wasn't immediately clear Tuesday if a sentencing date has been set.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM
    Now that's change defrauding a bank.
  • by john Location: farmville on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    now he can go back on line and upgrade his status to BISHOP and in three months be upgraded to APOSTLE.
  • by Pork chops on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    So he got in trouble for defrauding the bank, why not for defrauding people into a watered down religion that doesn't stand for anything anymore?
  • by God Location: Bahamas on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    It's part of my plan. Check page 1,741, second paragraph.
  • by porkchop Location: g'ville on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:25 AM
    Strange story: first, the lawyer is named "True." An oxymoron if I ever saw one. And this christian god: is he short of cash?
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