Scarborough man facing trial on church fraud charges

Posted Feb. 14, 2011, at 9:51 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Scarborough man is facing trial in Maine on charges he defrauded a New York church out of $400,000 as part of an investment scam.

Fifty-one-year-old Darren McDunnah is due to go on trial March 2 in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland on charges of felony theft by deception and securities fraud.

Prosecutors say that in September 2004 McDunnah promised the Addulum Gospel Church in Cobleskill, N.Y., $1.6 million in return for an investment of $400,000. Instead he kept the money for himself.

McDunnah was first indicted five years ago and he was arrested last year in Arizona. He has been in jail since May.

McDunnah told the Portland Press Herald in a jailhouse interview that he expects to be exonerated of all the charges against him.

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