Pastor Charged With Money Order Fraud

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – There’s new information about the man accused of making and using half a million dollars in fake money orders. We’ve learned he’s a pastor at a Rockford church.

53-year-old Bradley Hampton plead not guilty in Federal Court today. He’s a pastor at Faith Center in Rockford. Court records show he spent some of the $500,000 in money orders he allegedly made at the church, but the bulk of it went to Chase Home Finance and Holcomb State Bank in Ogle County.

If convicted, he faces 25 years in prison for each count.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- 53-year-old Bradley Hampton was indicted today by a federal grand jury. He was charged with nine counts of fraudulently producing and passing fictitious financial instruments that appeared to be issued under the authority of the United States Department of the Treasury.

The nine fictitious money orders, totaling $547,578, were dated between July 15, 20069 and October 4, 2009.

Hampton is scheduled to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Rockford on March 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. for arraignment.

Each count of a producing a fictitious financial instrument and each count of passing a fictitious financial instrument carries a penalty of 25 years or more in prison. The maximum fine is $250,000.

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