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November 12, 2012

Scam victims upset about Robert Scott's early release

ANDERSON, Ind. — Robert D. Scott Jr. is back in a church ministering some months after being let out of prison early on a 16-month sentence for theft.

Andrew Picek, deputy prosecutor of Clark County, Ohio, said he wasn’t sure why Scott, who was known as Bishop Scott when he was in Anderson, was let out early, but did say there had been changes in Ohio law that allowed first-time offenders to get out early if they complete a program.

The two women Scott scammed are upset that he’s out.

Nicole, who requested her last name not be used because of her recent marriage, said Scott is now involved with a church in Columbus, Ohio. She wondered if Scott was being paid for ministering because he still owes his victim $24,000.

Scott is now called Prophet RD Scott, and he’s affiliated with the Victory Deliverance Church in Columbus, Ohio. This fall he spoke at the church two times, and these talks by Scott have been prominently displayed on the church’s website.

The Herald Bulletin played phone tag with Pastor Jonathan K. Sanders of Victory Deliverance Church, but didn’t connect. Sanders did leave a voice mail.

He said Scott was his friend and the bishops who are over him within the church cleared Scott to minister. Scott last spoke at the church on Oct. 21.

Nicole wonders if Scott is being paid to minister and if any of that money will end up paying back his victim.

Nicole was also scammed by Scott but accepted a court settlement. The second victim, whose name is Charm, last name withheld, is the one whose case eventually sent Scott to prison. Charm lives in Columbus.

“I can’t believe he’s speaking in Columbus,” she said.

Picek said Scott still owes the money to Charm, but the court can’t garnish his wages. He said he advised Charm to retain an attorney and file a civil suit against Scott.

But Nicole said a civil suit might be difficult because, she added, there are numerous suits already filed against Scott. Getting in line might be fruitless.

Scott runs an organization called the Prophetic Empowerment Ministries, according to his Facebook page. The page describes Scott thusly: “Dr. Scott seeks to empower the world spiritually, educationally, politically, economically, culturally and uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.” There are promotions for Scott’s upcoming ministries, including one at Higher Ground Ministries on Nov. 15.

None of this sits well with his victims.

“He’s off and running at a new church,” said Charm.

But Picek had a different take. He said the matter will catch up with Scott sooner or later.

“He’ll do it again,” he said.



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