Chicago preacher convicted of fraud and lying to FBI

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CHICAGO (AP) _ The head of a Chicago church and his wife has been convicted of fraud for submitting false documents to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in state subsidies for day care centers.

The Chicago Tribune reports Herman Jackson was found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to the FBI. His wife, Jannette Faria, was convicted of five fraud counts.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ordered Jackson taken into custody and set sentencing for Dec. 21.

The 39-year-old Jackson was charged in 2012 with fraudulently obtaining state funds for child care centers operated through his Ark of Safety Apostolic Faith Temple. Prosecutors contended Jackson used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle that included a leased Bentley.

Jackson, who represented himself at trial, claimed those who testified against him were liars.

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