The pastor of a Vacaville church who was arrested on suspicion of arson for the firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s house earlier this month was taken back into custody on Friday — this time for forgery and perjury, a police lieutenant said.
Mark Lewis, 39, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church, was arrested on suspicion of fraudulently using church properties as collateral when he posted $500,000 bail the day after his arrest on Jan. 10, Lt. John Carli said.
Carli said a deed of trust for the properties — located at 3321 Farrell Road and 6657 Gibson Canyon Road in unincorporated Solano County outside of Vacaville city limits — was recorded in Lewis’ name with the Solano County Assessor-Recorder’s Office to secure Lewis’ bond, Carli said.
The deed of trust was changed and a new deed of trust was drafted on Jan. 11, when Lewis posted bail through California Bail Bonds, Carli said.
Lewis was listed as the “trustor,” and his uncle Danny Lewis, 60, of Vacaville, was listed as treasurer on the deed of trust, Carli said.
The Solano County District Attorney’s Office began investigating when the paperwork provided to the bail bond company did not appear to be legitimate, Carli said.
The investigation revealed that Fellowship Baptist Church Inc. did not appear to be a legitimate corporation locally, Carli said.
Fellowship Baptist Church Inc. was actually a Baptist church in Riverside, not Vacaville, and the corporation numbers used by the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville actually belonged to the Baptist church in Riverside, Carli said.
The California Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that the Vacaville church never filed for nonprofit status, Carli said.
The Vacaville church may also have used the identity and corporation numbers of the Baptist church in Riverside to secure loans, Carli said.
Lewis was arrested at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church property on Farrell Road for perjury, filing a false financial statement and attempting to record a false or forged instrument, Carli said.
The uncle, Danny Lewis, was also arrested Saturday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with the serial number removed, Carli said.
The firearm was found in Danny Lewis’ bedroom on the church property at 3321 Farrell Road, Carli said.
Mark Lewis was initially arrested on Jan. 10 in connection with the firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s house on Chateau Circle in an incident that occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 9. He was booked into Solano County Jail for arson of an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy and stalking.
A Molotov cocktail was thrown into the home, but no one was injured because the occupants put out the fire before emergency personnel arrived, Vacaville police Sgt. Jeff King said.
Six people, including three children, were asleep inside the home when the incident occurred, King said.
The ex-girlfriend had a restraining order against Lewis at the time, and Lewis is a suspect in four incidents of harassment and vandalism against her since Dec. 25, King said.
Police also arrested Anthony Newbolt, 33, and Richerd Wright, 28 — both of Sacramento — along with Kristen Broyles, 30, of Citrus Heights, for arson of an inhabited dwelling and possession of an incendiary device when the trio was pulled over shortly after the firebombing, King said.
A preliminary hearing for all three is scheduled for March 3 in Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield.
Newbolt and Broyles said they were staying on the church property because they were homeless, King said.
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