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By MIKE SANDROLINI
MAYWOOD | Maywood Police last week said Rev. Terry Weston, a Maywood native who operates his own ministry called TW’s Ministry, was arrested and charged with one count of fraud and forgery.
According to police, the 45-year-old Weston and the 75-year-old victim—a man who’s also a Maywood resident—were friends, and Weston offered to help the victim, who had undergone back surgery and was recovering late last year.
However, police said Weston allegedly stole over $47,000 of the victim’s life savings by writing fraudulent checks out of the victim’s account and accessing funds through ATM withdrawals without the victim’s consent between October and December.
Police said the victim did not give Weston authorization to the victim’s bank account, nor did the victim give him authorization to make ATM withdrawals. “He certainly didn’t give him permission,” said Maywood Police Lt. Dennis Diaz.
Weston was being held on $21,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Fourth Municipal District Courthouse in Maywood. Diaz said the case is “kind of different than what we usually handle here, absolutely. The amount is over $47,000 so that’s a sizable chunk of anyone’s savings.”
According to Weston’s website, twministry.webs.com, TW’s Ministry centered around “helping churches build balance(d) ministries in today’s culture, community and capitalistic society,” assisting pastors and church leaders in church development. The website further states that the ministry’s “faith-based initiative principal is to commit to God’s church, congregation, constituent and community, as well as to all who are serv
ed by them” and is “concerned, capable and committed to faith-based initiatives.”
The ministry’s website lists an office phone number, a fax number, an email address and a P.O. Box number in Plano, Ill., a town of around 11,000 located west of Aurora.