Pastor Faces 20 Years For Using $3.5 Million in COVID-19 Loans to Buy 39 Cars

Pastor Rudolph Brooks Jr., founder and senior pastor of the Kingdom Tabernacle of Restoration Ministries in Washington, D.C., is facing up to 20 years in prison after he allegedly used $3.5 million in PPP loans to splurge on personal expenses, including 39 cars.

When making their arrest, the FBI seized over $2.2 million from 11 accounts, along with a Tesla Model 3. Additional car purchases include a 2005 Bentley Continental, a 2014 GMC Yukon XL, a 2015 Cadillac Escalade, two 2017 Infinity Q50s, and a 2017 Mercedes Benz S Class.

According to the Department of Justice, Brooks applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan on April 7, 2020,  before applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans one month later. He allegedly submitted PPP loan applications for $1.5 million, $1.8 million, and $200,000 on behalf of his companies Cars Direct, Kingdom Tabernacle, and Madaro Celtic Bank using faked tax and payroll forms that had never been filed with the IRS.

In addition to the cars, Brooks reportedly used the money to buy meals at restaurants, groceries, and instruments from the site Zzzounds.com. Authorities also accused the pastor of making a $10,000 down payment on a home and paying down his personal credit card bills and loans.

Brooks faces wire fraud charges, which could result in a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison along with three years of supervised release.

Source: The Sun

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