GREENSBORO — A Greensboro pastor who started what is now a popular “soul seafood” restaurant in his backyard is being held without bail in Guilford County Jail for repeated failures to appear in court over unpaid loans almost ten years old.
A warrant for the arrest of Seafood Destiny owner Anthony Knotts was issued by Guilford County Superior Court Senior Resident Judge John O. Craig III on February 18 after he failed to failed to show up for a court date on January 3 – the latest in a series of missed hearings. dates — on those debts, including one that started as a $4,915 loan in 2012 and accrued more than $10,000 in interest, according to court records.
Knotts, who has been in jail since March 2, is due to appear before Craig on Monday.
No one at the church or restaurant could be reached for comment. We don’t know if he has a lawyer.
Knotts also has an unrelated court appearance scheduled later this month for two felony worthless check charges totaling $19,000 at Hickory’s Performance Food Service, where an official declined to comment. In North Carolina, it is a crime to write a worthless check for more than $2,000. This court appearance is March 28.
An ordained minister for more than 20 years and head of the embassy church, Knotts also has mostly former speeding and traffic offenses on his driving record.