Our Lady of Divine Irony

A California pastor was convicted yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court on charges of fraud relating to a bankruptcy case involving competing plans to re-organize Hawaiian Airlines. A jury found that Pastor William H. Spencer of Oakland lied about having a $500 million trust in a Dutch bank that he could use to finance his plan to bring the airline out of bankruptcy. He submitted phony documents to bolster the lie and dupe investors into backing his plan, according to federal authorities. The name of the felonious reverend’s church? The House of Truth.

Tim O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor has covered the federal justice system for The Journal News since 2002. He previously worked at newspapers in Orange County, New York, and New Jersey. Born and raised in the Bronx, he has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in journalism.