Former pastor admits stealing from Habitat for Humanity
OWEGO -- The former pastor of a Newark Valley church has pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, a felony, and could spend seven years in prison for stealing from Tioga County Habitat for Humanity.
David L. Heckman Jr., who will be sentenced May 24, faces 3 1/2 to 7 years of incarceration under the plea agreement, said Tioga County Assistant District Attorney Judith Quigley.
According to court records, Heckman, 27, was indicted on one felony count of second-degree grand larceny, accused of stealing nearly $111,000 from Habitat for Humanity. During July 2005 and October 2009, Heckman took cash payments from homeowners who live in houses built by the nonprofit. The payments were supposed to pay the mortgages for the properties.
Heckman was a member of Habitat's board of directors and treasurer of the Tioga chapter of the charitable organization.
In addition, Heckman was indicted on one felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny, accused of stealing more than $1,600 from First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Newark Valley. Heckman was a pastor at the church during the time when the thefts occurred -- between March and October of 2009, according to court files.
The plea agreement satisfies the second-degree and fourth-degree grand larceny charges.Heckman faces up to 7 years in prison
By Debbie Swartz •email@example.com • April 7, 2010, 12:00 am