'Pastor Corey' found guilty of 32 charges

KATU News, Oregon/November 8, 2007

Portland, Oregon -- The man at the center of several suspect real estate deals who billed himself as a religious pastor was found guilty of fraud and other charges Thursday after defending himself in the case.

Corey Pritchett was found guilty of charges that included securities fraud and theft. KATU News has been following Pritchett's story since November of 2006.

Past associates of Pritchett say he called himself "Pastor Corey" in order to gain the trust of others in real estate transactions.

Victims claimed he made thousands on bad real estate deals.

A past brochure for Pritchett's ministry stated that it focused on drug and alcohol rehabilitation, feeding the hungry and housing the needy. But former employees said the charity did next to nothing.

On Thursday, a jury found Pritchett guilty on all 32 charges against him.

At the start of the trial, Pritchett dismissed his lawyer and got permission to represent himself. The judge in the case kept the lawyer on as a legal advisor for Pritchett.

Sentencing is scheduled for December.

Note: Corey Pritchett is listed by National Heritage Family on its Board of Regents

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