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Grand Theft Charges

Here's a story that's going to make hurricane victims and those who give aid very angry.

A Polk County minister, his wife and three others have been arrested and charged with obtaining goods from a hurricane distribution center and then re-selling them from their church.

Pastor Billy Benton and his wife Pamela operate Mercy House Ministries.

They were arrested after undercover detectives went to the church and were charged for items picked up by the church at a hurricane relief distribution center in Bartow, Florida.

Reportedly, the items were resold to hurricane victims at a marked-up price.

All five suspects are charged with grand theft. Bond is set at $25,000 each.


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