The pastor of an Orange County church pleaded guilty to social security fraud Wednesday, March 9. The Rev. Raymond Charles Young, 38, of Orange, pleaded guilty to fraudulent receipt of social security benefits.
According to information presented in court, Young, the full-time pastor of the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Orange, had been receiving social security disability benefits since June 2005 for himself and his four children, when he had been gainfully employed in his pastoral duties and receiving a salary, car and housing allowances, as well as other cash payments from the church. It was also revealed that in a continuing disability review report required by the Social Security Administration, in December 2008, Young continued to misrepresent his full-time employment and alleged disability. Young has even been featured in regional church publications for his pastoral duties during the period of his alleged disability. From the period of his application for disability to the termination of his benefits for the fraudulent conduct, Young received approximately $134,000 in benefits for which restitution will have to be made. Young was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 1, 2010. Young remains released on bond and other conditions of release. He faces up to five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.