Pastor accused of fleecing one of his flock

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Rev. Gregory Oats was charged with four felony counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult after stealing over $10,000 from a 77-year-old congregant.

Oats, 31, was given power of attorney over the congregant's finances and spent thousands of dollars at Wal-Mart, Burger King, and other retail outlets, the Star Tribune reported.

The victim suffers from Alzheimer's disease, Parkingson's, diabetes, and mental illness.

Oats also put the victim at risk of eviction from the Golden Living Center-Chateau in Minneapolis by not paying the bill for about nine months, the Pioneer Press reported.

An alleged 1,678 victims experienced financial exploitation in 2010 alone, state records show.

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