(RAVALLI REPUBLIC) -- A pastor who helped bilk a fellow Christian out of $150,000 has until Dec. 18 to repay his portion of restitution, or face a 10-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections, with five years suspended.
James “Jeb” Bryant, 57, pleaded no contest Tuesday to three felony charges in connection with a 2008 securities scam that involved a fake structural panel business in Mexico.
Bryant’s partner, Harris Himes, who was pastor of the Big Sky Christian Center in Hamilton, was convicted in 2013 on felony securities fraud charges for his role in the case. Himes served 90 days in jail as part of a 10-year-suspended sentence and was ordered to repay his congregant, Geoff Serata.
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