Pastor faces 60 years in prison for fleecing 2 parishioners

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The former pastor of a Connecticut church has pleaded no contest to charges that he fleeced two parishioners out of a combined $400,000.

Prosecutors say 67-year-old Robert Genevicz faces 60 years in prison at sentencing May 26 after pleading no contest Monday to two counts of first-degree larceny and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. He remains free on $100,000 bond.

The Connecticut Post reports that Genevicz and his lawyer refused comment after the hearing.

Authorities say as pastor of Stratford Baptist Church, Genevicz stole nearly $200,000 from retired school teacher Patricia Stosak and $200,000 from the estate of 88-year-old Arthur Devack. Both have since died.

Police say Genevicz took out loans under Devack’s name to buy two Mercedes-Benzes, one for him and one for an alleged accomplice.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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