In 2014 when Pastor Trevon Gross and former chair and CEO of a credit union took a $150,000 bribe from criminals to use the cooperative as a front to operate an illegal Bitcoin operation, the New Jersey clergyman appeared on a national television Christian program and preached about the sin of pride.

But Pastor Gross won’t be preaching on a national television stage any time soon after he was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Alison J. Nathan in New York City. On Oct. 20, Judge Nathan also sentenced a co-conspirator, Yuri Lebedev, to 16 months in prison. While he was a board member of the $626,529 Helping Other People Excel Federal Credit Union, Lebedev bribed Gross who was the board chair and CEO of the Lakewood, N.J.-based cooperative.

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