Pastor and prostitute arrested after using church funds to pay her $87,000 extortion demandBy Mason White 8:20 AM May 9, 2014
|Tonya Farnsworth and Chris Allen Phillips|
By: Anika Rao
A woman offered her body to a pastor in exchange for $200.
Sadly, he fell for the temptations, which later cost him his freedom and his job.
The pastor’s trouble began when the Virginia woman offered to sell herself for $200 – and pastor Chris Allen Phillips, 50, agreed.
However, Tonya Farnsworth hatched an evil plan. She set up cameras in her rented apartment, which recorded the two in the act.
She then called Phillips, who was a youth pastor at Mechanicsville Advent Christian Church, and threatened to release the sex videos if he did not give her money. Over the next three months, she called him and sent threatening text messages, demanding money.
The pastor paid her $85,000 from his own money, but she was not satisfied. Farnsworth wanted more money.
That is when the pastor started embezzling money from the church to pay off the woman. He was accused of taking over $87,000 from the church. She received a total of $176,432.12 – according to court documents.
The pastor was arrested and pleaded guilty to embezzlement. He will be sentenced later this year.
The woman was arrested after police found that all the stolen money went out of state to her boyfriend. They also saw her threatening messages. She was charged with extortion.
She was sentenced to 10 years in prison with seven years suspended plus 30 years probation.