City officials on Thursday announced the arrest of a church pastor and another man in an alleged scheme to swindle $10,000 from a Germantown property owner on the pretext of licensing-and-zoning violations.
They said that Brian K. Davis, 33, of Philadelphia, posed as an inspector for the Department of Licenses and Inspections in collecting the money from the owner of a property in the 5300 block of Wayne Avenue.
Officials said the Rev. Richard Cobb, 57, of Brookhaven, a pastor at St. Mark's Baptist Church in South Philadelphia, directed the alleged scheme and shared in the take.
The alleged swindle came to light when the property owner complained to a real L&I inspector that he already had paid numerous fines.