Ventura pastor allegedly preyed on old man

The Associated Press/September 18, 2009

Ventura, California - A Ventura pastor and his wife have been arrested for allegedly preying on an elderly man who signed over the deed to his home and didn't get paid.

The Rev. Alonzo Gene "Lonnie" McCowan, pastor of the Solid Rock Christian Center, is charged with two counts of theft from an elderly person and two counts of money laundering in an amount that surpassed $500,000. His bail is set at $500,000.

His wife, Kimberly Ann Oglesby McCowan, is charged with single counts of grand theft and money laundering. Her bail is set at $40,000.

The Camarillo couple allegedly got now-86-year-old Leo Gilmond to sign over the deed to his Ventura house, saying the church needed a rental for church dignitaries and students. Gilmond wasn't paid the promised $460,000.

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