Austin Pastor Accused of Stealing

Church of Christ

AUSTIN, MN — A local man who many people put their trust in is accused of stealing money from an elderly woman.

Authorities say Rev. David DeFor of Austin Church of Christ is charged with five counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

A criminal complaint said he took more than $40,000 from an elderly woman with dementia.

A conviction on all counts carries a maximum 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

DeFor says he is innocent.

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