Greensboro pastor, business owner speaks out after arrest

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A miscalculation is what Greensboro pastor and organization operator Anthony Knotts stated direct him to a jail mobile for practically two months.  

“My start certification doesn’t have my title. My birth certificate has my name, and I have to don’t forget that. I made a miscalculation,” said Pastor Anthony Knotts.

Knotts, the operator of Seafood Destiny and the minister at the Embassy Church, has been the heart of accusations in which a couple claims he racked up tens of hundreds of bucks on their credit history card and did not pay it all back.  

He sat down solely with FOX8’s Rasheeda Kabba to distinct the air on what took place.  

When requested if he imagined some thing like this is likely to hinder people’s rely on, Knotts reported “probably. But I believe that the people today who know me, know that I’m even now the same man. There’s the man, and there is the minister.” 

That’s the grace Knotts is hoping his congregation at the Embassy Church will have for him as he moves forward soon after a legal arrest.  

He was served felony warrants on Feb. 28 after composing two lousy checks to a meals seller final year amounting to about $18,000.     

“I’ve put in 12 days incarcerated. 288 hours. 278 of those several hours I actually used inside of a cell remaining fed via a door. That was humbling simply because I actually had my liberty taken away from me,” he said. 

When he was driving bars, a independent civil lawsuit courting again about 11 several years in the past pertaining to former members of his congregation came into query.  

“He was our pastor. We trusted him. We cherished him. There was not something he would not do for this church. But organization is small business, and the credit card debt obtained out of hand,” explained Ed Cobbler who is accusing Knotts of working up his credit history card monthly bill.  

Knotts convinced two parishioners, Ed and his spouse Pat Cobbler, to lend him their credit card decades back. 

The Cobblers claim Knotts used tens of hundreds of pounds on the credit card, and he did not pay back it back in total, racking up high-desire charge costs. Knotts promises he paid the the vast majority of the income but admits to leaving the Cobblers with the rest of the bill. 

He advised FOX8 he earlier tried using to work with the opposing social gathering to determine out a payment arrangement but reported equally events could not concur to an amount.  

Despite not paying his financial debt, Knotts nevertheless thinks his biggest mistake was just not choosing to clearly show up for a few consecutive courtroom dates for the case. 

He admitted he did not go for the reason that he was afraid and humiliated.

“I just did not know how to offer with that, and which is the God’s sincere truth. I did not know,” Knotts stated.  

He stated if he could go back again, he would have questioned for aid working with the circumstance as an alternative of sweeping it less than the rug.

“First of all, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for any shame that I have caused. Forgive me,” he mentioned in response to his congregation.

The court docket has directed Knotts to pay out the Cobblers the complete sum he owes them since the scenario fell into default judgment immediately after Knotts skipped court docket dates. 

He will show up in courtroom in regards to the negative checks at the end of the month.