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Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks: Gregory Clarke


In August, we’re celebrating Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks, whether they be liars, thieves, extortionists, swindlers or thugs. Running daily until Birmingham mayor Larry Langford’s Aug. 31 federal trial. Thanks to Bhamwiki for helping with this project.

Gregory Clarke

Gregory ClarkePosition held: pastor, New Hope Baptist Church (6,000 members)

Wanted for: filing false tax returns, owing $35,684 in back taxes

Date of conviction: July 20, 2007

Sentence: 21 months in prison, but was released from Atlanta federal prison in April after 14 months served. He’s serving the remainder of his sentence in a Birmingham halfway house.

Criminally fun fact: Clarke says he was targeted by the Bush administration for his support and friendship of former governor Don Siegelman [letter, Jan. 12, 2009, PDF].

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  1. 31 crooks in 31 days? | Birmingham Weekly
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 11:01 pm

    […] It’s only day 4, and Kwon, with help from Bhamwiki.com, has already hit Gary White, Gregory Clarke, Mary Buckalew, and Marvin […]

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