Minn. pastor pleads not guilty to swindling woman

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges he swindled more than $40,000 from an 82-year-old woman with dementia.

The Rev. David DeFor entered his plea Thursday in Mower (MOH’-ur) County court.

DeFor is charged with financially exploiting a vulnerable adult.

According to court records, DeFor and his wife allegedly received about $11,000 from the woman since DeFor was made the woman’s power of attorney in July 2010. Austin Church of Christ, where DeFor is pastor, received about $15,000 during that time.

Authorities say the woman also had withdrawn more than $21,000 from her account for other expenses related to DeFor.

The Austin Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/16i8ALU ) reports DeFor will be in court in October for a pretrial hearing. His trial date is set for Nov. 4.


Information from: Austin Daily Herald, http://www.austindailyherald.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s