Former Conway, South Carolina Pastor Pleads Guilty to Bilking Church Members
in Ponzi Scheme
A former pastor of Tilly Swamp Baptist Church in Conway, South Carolina
has pled guilty to cheating members of his church and other investors
out of $2.5 million in a
According to the indictment,
Archie Larue Evans promised investors in his company, Gold & Silver LLC, that they would receive quarterly interest payments of between 10 and
12%. He then proceeded, over a period of nearly seven years, to either
spend or lose the millions of dollars entrusted to him.
In order to avoid being caught, he allegedly prepared and provided investors
with fraudulent investment statements that showed false profits. He also
allegedly used the statements to lure new investors into the scheme. He
then used the new investors’ funds to make “interest payments”
to earlier investors. He also allegedly used the funds for his personal purposes.
Archie Larue Evans was originally charged with eight counts of mail fraud,
five counts of money laundering, and one count of structuring financial
transactions to evade reporting requirements.
He pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and the structuring charge on
Wednesday the 9th in exchange for the prosecutions’ agreement to
drop the remaining charges. The judge assigned to the case has not yet
decided whether to accept or reject the agreement.