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Pastor ordered to stand trial for embezzlement

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A local pastor will stand trial for embezzlement, a Grand Rapids District Court judge decided Monday.

Judge Donald Passenger bound over the case against Rev. Arthur Pearson Sr. to Kent County Circuit Court.

The investigation into Pearson began in November.  He was charged with embezzling from Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in January, and his preliminary examination -- which determined whether there was enough evidence against the reverend for a trial -- began last month.

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Pearson is accused of using thousands of dollars in church funds on personal expenses like dinners, doctors' visits and shopping.

The accusations against Rev. Pearson have divided his church.  Several leaders closed the church last month, despite objections from members of the congregation.

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No date for the case in Circuit Court has been set.