Man who stole from prayer group ordered to pay back $76,000

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A Rio Rancho man will have to pay back $76,000 he stole from a prayer group he was leading. 

Felix Fernando, 66, was sentenced by a federal court judge Monday to restitution and three years probation. 

Prosecutors say he told members of the prayer group that their money was evil and that miracles would happen if they gave him money so it could be used to help people in need. 

Prosecutors say Fernando used it to help himself.

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