Wash. pastor who stole $1.6M to plead guilty

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle-area pastor is scheduled to plead guilty Friday to federal charges that he bilked two dozen people out of at least $1.6 million.

Anthony C. Morris resigned last week from the New Covenant Christian Center, and federal prosecutors charged him with wire fraud and money laundering Tuesday. They say that since 2003 he's run a Ponzi scheme in which he told people he'd invest their money and get them quick, profitable returns.

His attorney, Jessica Riley of Seattle, tells The Associated Press he's been cooperating and will plead guilty to both charges and that he hopes to repay as many of his victims as possible.

The New Covenant Christian Center was previously located in Seattle and Renton, but now operates out of a community center in Tukwila.