Article on endictment

Christian businessman indicted on theft charge in elder bilking case
By Abe Levy

January 23, 2014 | Updated: January 23, 2014 10:14pm

Douglas McClain Sr., 62, could face up to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.

SAN ANTONIO — A Bexar County grand jury indicted a local Christian minister and businessman Wednesday on a felony theft charge that accuses him of stealing as much as $200,000 from an elderly, paraplegic man with whom he shared religious ties.

Douglas McClain Sr., 62, could face up to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.

A trial date has not been set. McClain has been free on bond since his arrest in the case nearly a year and a half ago.

Between Nov. 2011 and April 2012, McLain obtained personal loans from Dr. Charles Arnold and vowed to pay them back with the eventual sale of a coal mine he claimed to own in Kentucky, the indictment states.

Arnold, a 74-year-old neuropsychiatrist paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, trusted McClain because of their shared evangelical Christian faith, said Arnold’s son, Mike Arnold.

He said McClain had helped repair his relationship with his father and had preached at local churches and ministries in the independent, charismatic Christian community.

After concluding McClain didn’t intend to pay back his father, the family took the matter to a group of Christian pastors and lay leaders in accordance with a dispute process outlined in the New Testament as “the Matthew 18 principle,” Mike Arnold said.

But the family members left believing the council did not review their concerns thoroughly or independently, ignoring McClain’s record of alleged financial abuse, Mike Arnold said, suggesting McClain’s talents in persuasion played a role.

According to Bexar County court records, McClain has had more than $7.8 million in civil judgments against him. The Securities and Exchange Commission accused him, his son and other business partners of cheating investors by luring them with a cure for HIV and other ailments from a drug made out of goats’ blood.

“Multiple generations of my family were terribly hurt by this man and his actions,” Mike Arnold said. “We’re resilient and our faith will endure. We’re better for it, but we were hoping and praying that church leadership would have allowed us to resolve this in a biblical way. They simply chickened out. … I’m thankful that true justice is coming through the court system.”

Calls and emails to Brent Delapaz, the attorney listed in indictment documents as representing McClain, were not returned.

This case has elements of “affinity fraud,” said Cliff Herberg, first assistant criminal district attorney. “Someone finds something in common — in this case religion and in other cases it may be that they are both with the Lion’s Club. They say ‘trust me.’ … You are trying to do the right thing and assume others are playing by the rules, and it’s not the case.”

Staff Writer John Tedesco contributed to this report.



~ by DeborahLayne on January 30, 2014.

2 Responses to “Article on endictment”

  1. He should be indicted on much more than just this. There are a lot of men Doug McClain was associated with including going back to the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s when he was traveling ministry for a cult called Sam Fife’s “The Move of God”. The horrors this cult enacted on children are spine chilling. I know. I am one of them. I hope he goes to prison for a very long, long time.

    • Dear one, McClain IS going to prison. And indeed he should have been locked up long ago. However, most of his crimes fall under the civil court jurisdiction and he just blows all of that off. What he did to my family is what has finally caught him. Two 1st degree felonies and then some. He has no chance of walking away from this and for the good of the world, he does need locking up.

      I watched your youtube video. I read your website. Bless your heart – and please accept my offer of friendship. You are precious, and I pray that McClain’s upcoming legal judgment will afford you some validation and justice.

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