Pastor uses tithes for botox

2009-11-19 22:08

New York - A New York pastor accused of using church funds to pay for plastic surgery has been ordered to serve five years probation.

The Reverend William Blasingame also must pay back $84 537 to St Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church on Staten Island.

Prosecutors say he paid for personal luxuries, including tens of thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery and Botox treatments, with money earmarked for the needy and the upkeep of church grounds.

Defence attorney James Hasson said on Wednesday that Blasingame plans to sell land he owns in Georgia to cover the restitution, the Staten Island Advance reported.

Blasingame pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny in September. He could have faced 15 years in prison if convicted at trial.

His lawyer says Blasingame is "very sorry".