Businessman to Serve Prison Sentence for Theft

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)