Vacaville pastor arrested again.
Baptist pastor Mark Lewis of Vacaville, already facing arson and conspiracy charges, was arrested again Friday night on new charges of fraud and perjury, according to Vacaville police.
Lewis was free on a $500,000 bond, which investigators for the Solano County District Attorney’s office determined was fraudulent.
Officials said Lewis offered the property of the Fellowship Baptist Church in two locations as collateral to post bail.
In a statement released Saturday, investigators said they determined that the property deeds were obtained by loan fraud.
Lt. John Carli of the Vacaville Police Department said it appears Lewis, 39, engaged in "church identity theft" by using the legal identity of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Riverside without the church’s knowledge.
“He used information from a church in Riverside, California, and a tax ID number from a larger, conglomerate international group out of Missouri, none of which are associated with the local church,” Carli said.
Officials believe the stolen business identification was used to obtain loans to purchase church properties, and that Lewis lied by signing bond and deed documents.
A task force of investigators from the district attorney’s office, the Solano Sheriff Department and Vacaville police searched church properties on Friday looking for financial records.
Information gathered during the search led investigators to conclude that Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville had never filed for non-profit status and never incorporated.
During the search, the Pastor's uncle was arrested.
Officers said Danny Lewis, who lives in a home on the church property, is a convicted felon in possession of a handgun with the serial numbers removed.
Mark Lewis was arrested in early January on charges of arson of an inhabited building, conspiracy and stalking.
Investigators believe Lewis conspired with three people living on church property to firebomb a home where he believed an ex-girlfriend was staying.
The January 9th attack resulted in minor damage to a home in which six people were sleeping.
Lewis had also been named as a suspect in four incidents of vandalism and harassment against the victim since Christmas.
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