WSIL-TV reports that 34-year-old Joshua Swain
pleaded guilty Wednesday in Jackson County court
to felony counts of theft, aggravated identity theft and loan fraud.
Those convictions are punishable by up to 29 years in prison.
Investigators say the crimes happened between 2011 and 2013 while Swain was senior pastor at The View Church.
was arrested last summer.
Authorities alleged that Swain
also used a church members name and Social Security number to obtain at least $10,000, and that he
submitted fake documents from the church board to get a bank loan.
sentencing is scheduled for March 4.