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Arrest Warrant Issued for Newark Clergyman

Natson skipped court appearance after being indicted for fraud, officials say

An arrest warrant has been issued for the pastor of a Camden Street church after the cleric failed to appear in court Aug. 24 on fraud and other charges, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.

The Rev. Amir Natson, 29, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church at 119 Camden St., had been indicted for second-degree insurance fraud, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree wrongful impersonating.

In 2011, Natson, who also uses the name Bobby Natson, allegedly reported two lawsuits against the church and received $5,000 from the church’s insurance carrier, Church Mutual, for legal fees. The amount was the maximum allowable under the church’s policy.

Natson was indicted on Aug. 4 after authorities learned that no suits had actually been filed, the prosecutor’s office said.

Natson also submitted an earlier claim for damages to the church building which had not actually been sustained, a church employee reportedly told investigators. 

Two different phone numbers listed for the church were out of service Tuesday.

According to the state Department of Corrections, Natson completed a two-year prison sentence in 2008 after being convicted of theft by deception.

Natson’s church was founded by the Rev. Westley Lee, who died in 2009. The beloved clergyman spent years growing the congregation and personally did much of the construction work on the church building itself.

Tony Michael September 01, 2012 at 11:56 PM
What is left is that you don't trust Paul Ryan.
WhenwillitstopGod September 17, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Sad, Sad
Sasha Thomas October 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
How many times are they going to catch him on fraud??? Anyone checked out his Instagram? GodsPrinceCharming he curses, raps, flaunts his fraudulent earnings and all. It's sick!
Christian long December 04, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Let me tell you all something my name I a Minister Long and im going to say this im only 15 anf know more of god then what you all can do is say "sad sad" this great man of god built up many relationships with people who were down. So please in the body of christ dont you dear sit around and say this and that. Here youself as you morns about this this could actually be you.An a to be very honest this only because of what happened in the past of his life. Have a(any) queation email or facebook me email: christianmoore95@gmail.com facebook: Christian Moore (Minister) thanks
Livingtoliveagain January 10, 2013 at 09:48 PM
most importantly, we have to pray for his deliverance and he has to pray and want it to. Intead of when he comes home, getting ready to line him up with preaching engagements and coming to hear testimonies of what happened while he was in jail; get together and have a shut-in for a week, around the clock with him included so that God can deliver him once and for all and he can get on with doing the will and work of God. He is called and anointed but remember that gifts come WITHOUT repentance.

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