April 23, 2006 - Posted at 12:27 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ In Little Rock, the owner of J-C Affordable
Homes has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading
guilty to felony theft by deception. Joseph Earl Carthron, who also
did ministerial work, promised people to help finance homes for
them and help with credit problems but he did not deliver on those
promises after getting down payments. Prosecutors say two dozen
people in Pulaski County, all with credit problems, were bilked by
Carthron's promises of homeownership. In court, Carthron apologized
to his victims and asked the judge for mercy.
Carthron was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with six years
suspended. He also was ordered to repay his victims 55-thousand-650
The prosecutor said Carthron advertised on Christian television
channels and in the newspaper to attract clients. The Arkansas
attorney general's office is suing Carthron over the scam. The
lawsuit involves about 40 Arkansans and 70-thousand dollars.
The secretary of state's office shows Carthron operates several
nonprofit companies in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Those
include Kingly University of World Markets, Spiritual Deliverance
Street Ministry, The Deep South Christian Committee and the United
States Advocates for Guaranteed Home Ownership.