Aurora pastor Howard Richmond of Life Reach Ministries gets 12 years in prison

December 19, 2013 3:03:30 PM PST
An Aurora pastor was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing more than $1.6 million in donations and investments intended for his church.

Prosecutors say 53-year old Howard Richmond of Life Reach Ministries borrowed money from relatives and other acquaintances. He said he would use the money to build new churches and promised to pay it back, but never did. Prosecutors say he spent the money on personal items including cars, vacations and limousine services.

Richmond pled guilty to a Class 1 Felony and one count of Forgery, a Class 3 felony.