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Charles St. pastor says $825,000 was misspent

In a full day on the witness stand as the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal bankruptcy case returned to court Monday, the Rev. Gregory Groover acknowledged that the church had misused $825,000 of restricted endowment funds to meet expenses over nearly five years.

The amount was far more than church leaders had acknowledged in prior hearings in US Bankruptcy Court in Boston. The Lilly Endowment funds were earmarked for a residency program for pastors in training.

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