BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The pastor of a Connecticut church has been charged with stealing about $8,000 worth of electricity.
The Connecticut Post reports that Bishop William Marshall, pastor of City of Life Worship and Deliverance Center in Bridgeport, was charged Wednesday with third-degree larceny.
Marshall, who was released on a promise to appear in court, did not return calls for comment.
Authorities say investigators for United Illuminating Co. had checked a meter at a building where Marshall was operating a barbershop in October. Police say even though power to the barbershop had been disconnected in 2013 for failure to pay a $4,000 bill, it appeared that electricity was still being delivered.
Investigators say the meter had been illegally reconnected, powering the barbershop but not registering the service on the meter.