FOX 8 Defenders: Pastor convicted of scamming Katrina victim sentenced to prison

FOX 8 Defenders: Pastor convicted of scamming Katrina victim sentenced to prison
Elijah Mealconin, 58, was found guilty of stealing a woman's federal grant money to rebuilt her home after Hurricane Katrina. (Source: Orleans Justice Center jail)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A pastor who was convicted of stealing Katrina recovery money was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday.

Elijah Mealancon was arrested Tuesday after he turned himself in to NOPD at the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Press Drive.

According to NOPD, he was wanted on two court capias warrants.

Mealancon failed to show up in court for his sentencing at least five times.

He was convicted last year in a case involving a Hurricane Katrina victim who said he took $33,000 from her and never completed renovations to her home.

Mealancon was originally facing up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Mealancon’s victim, Mary Scales, spoke before sentencing.

“It still hurts. I can’t sleep at night. I can’t pay my bills. It just hurts. I want my money,” she said.

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