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Mississippi attorney, pastor’s son face real estate fraud charges

Allegations involve home loan scheme

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A Mississippi attorney and the son of a high-profile Baptist pastor were among eight people who appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, media reports said. Hattiesburg, Miss., attorney Kim Castle entered a plea of not guilty through her attorney Ray Price, reports said. She is accused of bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, according to reports. Vaston Fairley, the 25-year-old son of the Rev. Kenneth Fairley, senior pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., also pleaded not guilty to bank and wire fraud charges, accounts said. "I feel confident that my client will be exonerated," Joe Hollomon of Jackson, Miss., Fairley's attorney, told the South Mississippi Sun Herald. According to the indictment, Fairley and Castle both worked for Richard Lucas, who was identified as the controlling person for Lucas Development and several other affiliated companies, reports said. Lucas was named in the indictment and is expecte...