Minister sentenced for lying to lenders

An Augusta minister has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for obtaining a loan of more than $200,000 as a result of fraudulent statements to a lender.

According to a statement released by U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver, Heyward Kelly McKnight Jr., the former senior pastor of Bible Deliverance Temple on Fenwick Street, caused an application for a mortgage loan with false statements regarding his father's income, his father's intent to occupy the property and other information to be submitted to Wachovia Mortgage.

The court ordered McKnight to pay more than $250,000 to the victims of this fraud.