Stratford pastor accused of bilking parishioners

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Stratford pastor has been charged with stealing more than $170,000 from an elderly church member, while police are investigating similar allegations involving other older parishioners.

Stratford police charged 67-year-old Robert Genevicz with felony larceny Tuesday in a case involving a 71-year-old retired teacher and church member. He posted $50,000 bail.

Genevicz is pastor at Stratford Baptist Church. He didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

The Connecticut Post reports that Trumbull and Bridgeport police are investigating allegations involving thefts from other elderly parishioners totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Police say Genevicz and a female accomplice allegedly bilked victims out of their life savings and used some of the money to buy a Mercedes and a Hummer.

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Information from: Connecticut Post

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