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Texas pastors plead guilty to defrauding banks for loans, COVID aid

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Texas pastors plead guilty to defrauding banks for loans, COVID aid

Three Texans have pleaded guilty to falsifying financial documents and making false statements to fraudulently obtain loan proceeds, according to a news release from the Department of Justice’s Southern District of Texas. 

Brian Corpian, 45, from Houston, entered his guilty plea Dec. 2, while William Dexter Lucas, 60, and Deborah Jean Lucas, 64, both of Bryan, pleaded guilty Friday, according to the release.   

Corpian and the Lucases have all admitted to falsifying documents connected to Jesus Survives Ministries, a College Station-area church that has not held religious services “for almost the last decade,” according to However, the trio has used fake church payroll documents since 2014 to obtain a number of different loans.

Bill and Deborah Lucas used false documents to successfully apply for car loans. When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act was passed in March 2020, Bill Lucas applied for numerous loans through multiple different programs set up by the Act. Lucas’ applications relied on false statements and fake documents regarding Jesus Survives Ministries, including one that claimed that the defunct church pulled in over a million dollars in gross revenue in 2019. 

Lucas resorted to threats when banks didn’t approve the loans as fast as he wanted, even resorting to sending a bank employee a photo of their family, “indicating Bill [Lucas] knew the names of the bank employee’s wife and son.” according to the release. 

The trio will be sentenced in May 2023 and all face up to 30 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines. 

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