Church member who died in plane crash accused of scamming people out of several million dollars

After Derrich Pollock died in a plane crash in Lago Vista in February, the 43-year-old father of four was compared with Jesus.

“Derrich was most like Jesus in that he gave,” the funeral program at Great Hills Baptist Church in Northwest Austin said of the man who attended weekly Bible studies and flew relief supplies to hurricane victims.

But since his death, lawsuits have flooded the probate court in Austin claiming that what Pollock really did was take.

Sixty-two lawsuits have been filed against Pollock’s estate, his wife and a few of his friends, painting a portrait of a man who used his charm to bilk friends and fellow believers out of millions of dollars. Most of the suits say he used a scheme called System Five involving big promises and enormous amounts of life insurance that he began buying in 2004.

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