Omaha Pastor, Wife, Get Prison for Mortgage Scheme

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Omaha pastor and his wife have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says 50-year-old Gerald Williams was given three years in prison and three years of supervised release. His wife, Judith Williams, was given a year and a day in prison, plus supervised release after she leaves prison.

Both had pleaded guilty. They must make restitution of more than
$1.3 million for their mortgage fraud scheme.

Williams was pastor of Crossroads Christian Center. Prosecutors say the Williamses had fraudulently obtained mortgages during 2005 and 2006 to buy 10 homes in the Deer Creek subdivision of Omaha. The homes eventually went into foreclosure.

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