Man sentenced in scheme to sell Detroit church

A Detroit man who was convicted in a church mortgage scheme has been sentenced to at least 11 years in prison.

Forty-six-year-old Tracy Carmichael was sentenced Tuesday. He was convicted last month by a jury of charges including embezzlement, forgery and money laundering.

Authorities say Carmichael attempted to sell the Temple of God Deliverance church on Detroit’s east side in 2007. The church pastor was alerted to the scheme when his congregation was served with eviction papers.

Defense attorney Allan Saroki has said Carmichael claimed to have an agreement with the pastor to help obtain a loan on the property.

He also was ordered to pay $115,000 in restitution. Authorities say Carmichael hoped to pocket $156,000 from the scheme.

The Associated Press