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WSVN 7: South Florida pastor accused of exploiting elderly man for his money

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Miami, Fla. (WSVN) – A South Florida pastor known for his generosity is being accused of an unholy act.

Prosecutors said he cheated an elderly man out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“This is an elderly exploitation and fraud case,” said a prosecutor during Eric Readon’s court appearance.

A Miami Gardens pastor and businessman was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

“And in this case, clearly he was taking advantage of the vulnerabilities of his victims,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

According to the Miami-Dade County State Attorney, 75-year-old Edward Fuller, an army veteran, was building his retirement home on this property in Northwest Miami-Dade.

It was supposed to be his dream home, but he said after meeting Pastor Readon, it turned into a house of nightmares.

“He just needed a little helping hand, and instead he got everything stolen from him,” said State Attorney Fernandez Rundle.

In 2015, Fuller ran out of cash to complete his home, and that’s when 7News was told Readon stepped in to offer help, eventually tricking the victim into signing over the property for a better chance of getting a loan but claiming he would transfer it back once things were done, but that allegedly never happened.

“He talks him in to signing what he thinks is just is just some ownership. It was the whole thing thanks to that quitclaim deed,” the State Attorney said.

Readon’s bond was set at $42,500, but first he has to prove to the judge where that money comes from.

This story was produced by WSVN Channel 7. 

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