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A Houston-area pastor as well as his wife have been sentenced to prison for income tax fraud. Each will serve well over three years in prison for their crimes.

A federal judge in a Houston courtroom sentenced Pastor David Montgomery and Bridget Montgomery to 41-month terms on Tuesday. Both Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery are founders of the Restoration Temple Church of God in Christ in Humble. In addition to prison, both are required to pay $550,000 in restitution.

Jurors in August convicted the couple of conspiring to impair and impede the IRS in tax collections between the years of 2003 and 2006. The Montgomery couple was also convicted of making false statements on their 2004 and 2005 returns by under-reporting $2.1 million from their business titled Montgomery’s Contracting.

During Tuesday’s court proceedings, bond for the couple was revoked after U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes felt that the minister intimidated witnesses who had testified against him.

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