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Gainesville Sun 9-28-2001
 
Minister is guilty of fraud
 
The Associated Press
 
Tallahassee – A former Indiana minister has pleaded guilty to using fake identities to steal more than $1 million from a Florida state agency responsible for handling unclaimed estates.
 Kevin Lee McDonald, 41, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Tallahassee to two counts of mail fraud and was ordered to repay the state of Florida more than $1.42 million.
 McDonald, the former pastor of Temple Congregational Church in Marion, Ind., faces up to 10- years in prison and a $500,000 fine at his Dec. 6 sentencing hearing.
 The FBI arrested McDonald July 18 in Marion on charges that he bilked the Florida Department of Banking and Finance, which holds unclaimed estate property, out of at least $1.2 million.
 The FBI said McDonald bought a state database of unclaimed estate property available to the public on the Internet and CD-ROM then used false names to claim the money.