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Former Hanover Minister Sentenced In Embezzlement

A former Hanover County youth minister, caught up in a sexual blackmail scheme, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Fifty-one year old Chris Allen Phillips was sentenced to five years, with four and a half suspended, and ordered to repay more than 87 thousand dollars he embezzled from the Mechanicsville Advent Christian Church where he was youth minister.

Court records reveal it was hush money he paid for a woman who was blackmailing him after a sexual encounter he arranged online. Tonya Farnsworth pleaded guilty to extortion last year and was sentenced to ten years after she had threatened make pictures of the two of them public.

Phillips had pleaded guilty in November and yesterday expressed his remorse to the court and those who came to support him.