Father and Son Pastors Plead Guilty to Stealing $3.1 M From Church

A father and son, both pastors, have been sentenced to two years in state prison for stealing $3.1 million from their Orange County church.

Prosecutors say 76-year-old Richard Cunningham of Moreno Valley and his son, 52-year-old Philip Cunningham of Laurinburg, N.C., pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and fraud charges Friday. Philip Cunningham also pleaded guilty to forgery.

Over five years, prosecutors say the Cunninghams stole from Calvary Baptist Yorba Linda Church and School bank accounts, and used the money to buy time shares in Hawaii and Palm Springs, golf club memberships and a Cadillac.

Prosecutors say the men have paid $3.1 million in restitution to the church.