Ripon pastor’s victims agree to terms of restitution

MANTECA – Embezzled victims of former Ripon pastor Randall Radic, who illegally sold his congregation’s church for personal benefit, have agreed in principle on how they should receive restitution, a prosecutor said Thursday.

San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Phil Urie said Steven and Kim Roland of Manteca will receive the $357,000 in cash, BMW car and computer that authorities seized from Radic, who sold the First Congregational Church in Ripon to the couple without the knowledge of church officials.

In exchange, the Rolands will transfer the property’s title back to the church, Urie said. The couple were unwitting participants in Radic’s schemes.

Payment of another $50,000 in restitution still needs to be worked out, Urie said.

Radic, 53, who has pleaded guilty to embezzlement, was set to be sentenced to 16 months in state prison during Thursday’s hearing in the Manteca branch of Superior Court, but that was rescheduled to April 10. Radic also forged documents to gain possession of a church-owned parsonage and took out equity loans worth more than $200,000 on it, authorities said.

He preached at First Congregational for about 10 years before he resigned in October amid a police investigation. He remains in the County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.

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Mar. 17, 2006

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