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Rev. Donald C. Luster

Wrong Rev. Donald C. Luster?

Board Member

Phone: (203) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Connecticut , United States
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
2470 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport , Connecticut 06605
United States

Company Description: Mission: The Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, BCAC, is a coalition of 80 member organizations committed to improving the well-being of Bridgeport's children...   more

Employment History


  • Boston Technical High School
  • Bachelor of Science , Mathematics
    Morgan State College
  • Masters , Divinity
    Paine Theological Seminary
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Web References
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition :: BCAC Board, 29 May 2014 [cached]
Rev. Donald C. Luster
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition :: Home, 5 June 2008 [cached]
"A thousand voices spoke and the story they told us is cause for grave concern," said Rev. Donald Luster, pastor at Bethel AME Church and BCAC's Second Vice Chair. Read more
Warned away by a letter from ... [cached]
Warned away by a letter from the police chief that later was called a mistake, newly elected Dixmoor Mayor Rev. Donald C. Luster did not attend what would have been his first Village Board meeting and a showdown of sorts Wednesday night.
Instead, he called a news conference for Thursday morning at Village Hall.
"We have received internal correspondence stating that if Mr. Luster or his supporters were to attend the meeting, they would not be allowed on public property, and out of concern for the residents we knew would be here, we did not want to cause some kind of confrontation," Evangeline Levison, Luster's attorney, said outside the meeting.
Luster pleaded guilty to robbery in 1991 and served probation.
Luster said he is officially mayor because his election on April 3 was certified by a Cook County judge and he was sworn in late last week.
"Donald Luster is not the mayor of Dixmoor.
"[Luster] doesn't have the right to fire me. And he if he does, I will see him in court."
Richard Devine took the unprecedented step of filing a lawsuit to oust Luster under the state law.
Also appearing Wednesday night outside the meeting was Geri Moklak, Luster's former landlord in Park Forest, who has filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court seeking more than $5,000 in back rent and damages from Luster.
Her assertion that Luster lived in Park Forest until June 30 raises anew the question of whether he met Dixmoor's requirement that a candidate live in the village for a year before filing an election petition.
The pastor of True Vine Church, where Luster is associate pastor, showed his support at Wednesday's meeting.
Northwest Indiana News: - News, 15 Jan 2003 [cached]
CHICAGO -- The arraignment of Dixmoor Village President Donald Luster on fraud and tax charges was postponed Tuesday because Luster did not have an attorney to represent him, the Illinois Attorney General's Office said.
The Rev. Luster, 39, 14209 Circle Drive, is accused of fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits and failing to file state income tax returns.He is charged with one count of state benefits fraud and two counts of failure to file state income tax returns.
The attorney general's indictment alleges that between Oct. 16 and Dec. 31 of 1999, Luster collected unemployment benefits from the state while working and earning wages from Express Personnel Services.It also alleges he failed to file state income tax returns for income received in 1999 and 2000.
The investigation of Luster was conducted by the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Benefits fraud, a Class 3 felony, is punishable upon conviction by two to five years in prison.Tax fraud, a Class 4 felony, carries a penalty of one to three years.
Luster's term as mayor began amid a flurry of election-related controversy.He campaigned amid allegations of police corruption and financial problems in the community, and won by one vote in April 2001.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office tried to bar Luster from taking office because he was convicted of armed robbery in 1991 and, prosecutors argued, he did not live in the village one year, as required by ordinance.
Dixmoor mayor indicted, 28 Nov 2002 [cached]
Luster charged with failure to file income tax, state benefits fraud
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Dixmoor Mayor Donald Luster, who nearly two years ago testified he had not paid income taxes since 1990, has been indicted on allegations of failing to file state income tax returns and fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits.
The indictment charges Luster, 39, of 14209 Circle Drive, with two counts of failure to file Illinois income tax returns and one count of state benefits fraud.Both charges are felonies.
Luster said Tuesday that neither he nor his attorney had been notified of the indictment; he denied the allegations.
"I corrected these problems when I took office," he said.
Luster said he would make a public statement about the charges during a Dixmoor Village Board meeting Wenesday night.
Luster will be arraigned Dec. 13, the same day as Dixmoor's Christmas party for village employees.
The indictment, handed up late Monday by a Cook County grand jury, accuses Luster of not filing state income tax returns in 1999 and 2000.It also accuses Luster of collecting unemployment benefits on at least two occasions between Oct. 16, 1999, and Dec. 31, 1999, while he was earning wages from Express Personnel Services, a temporary-employment service.
The Illinois Department of Revenue and the Illinois Department of Employment Security investigated the case.
Failing to file tax returns is punishable by one to three years in prison, and state benefit fraud carries a possible sentence of two to five years in prison.
The indictment was new grist for Luster's critics.
"I definitely know he stood on the stand himself and said he hasn't paid taxes in nine years," said Brad Carpenter, who ran against Luster in 2001.
Other controversies have included Luster's trying to pay himself a salary of $1,250 a month to act as village liquor commissioner three months after becoming mayor.It had been an unpaid position.
Although state law prohibits a pay increase from taking effect in the same term in which it is approved, the village board gave in and approved a monthly salary of $850.
A native son of Dixmoor, Luster works as an independent broker for a local financial firm and does some consulting work.He is also a Baptist minister, serving as an associate pastor at True Vine Church in Dixmoor.
Allegations of tax evasion were leveled against Luster during the campaign leading up to the April 2001 municipal elections in which Luster defeated Carpenter by one vote.
But a Cook County circuit court judge ruled unconstitutional the state law that would seem to prohibit Luster from holding office because of his felony conviction.
During a court hearing about his convictions and whether he could take office, Luster admitted he had not filed income tax returns since 1990, and had been driving a vehicle without insurance or proper registration.
Luster said he has taken care of all the issues he faced when he took office in May 2001.
"These are old issues.There is nothing new brewing here.I have nothing to hide," Luster said.
There had been a question about an overpayment of unemployment benefits, Luster said, "but I took care of that issue as well."
"To me this seems possibly political and/or personal.I know who I am, and I know that I have done nothing wrong," he said.
"If this is the best they can do to try and get rid of me, then God be with them.But the people must realize that these charges are merely accusations."
Luster said despite the charges he will continue working to improve the village.
"I am not fretting over this.I have bigger fish to fry," he said."I am going to keep working to move the village forward."
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