Memphis minister told to report to prison next month

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge in Memphis has ordered a minister convicted of raiding child-care funds to report to prison next month.

John Madison was found guilty three years ago of helping siphon state and federal funds intended to pay for day care for poor children.

Madison's wife, WillieAnn Madison, directed Cherokee Child and Family Services, which acted as a broker to find publicly subsidized child care in Memphis. John Madison was the agency's bookkeeper.

The couple had been free on bond while they appealed their convictions.

A federal appellate court rejected John Madison's claim that he was falsely convicted, but upheld his ten-month sentence.

He has now been ordered to report to a federal prison in McCreary, Kentucky, by June fifth. That's about 350 miles northeast of Memphis.

The court upheld the conviction of WillieAnn Madison, but said her 21-month sentence was too lenient.

District Court Judge Bernice Donald has set a new sentencing hearing for June 29th.

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