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NY AG Bars Albany Pastor Accused Of Fraud From Charity

New York’s Attorney General is barring an Albany pastor and his wife accused of taking money from a charity they controlled from accessing the organization’s finances. 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman secured a restraining order against Pastor Edward Smart and Marion Smart today. The couple allegedly transferred $100,000 from the Israel Community Service Program to their personal accounts.  Schneiderman has also filed a lawsuit seeking to remove the Smarts as directors and officers of the organization. The Smarts and several other members of First Israel A.M.E., New York’s oldest black church, were arrested in October for welfare fraud. 

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org