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Get Your Financial House In Order: Pastor of World’s Largest Church Indicted, Accused of Mismanaging Millions in Church Money

by on Jun.19, 2013, under Uncategorized

Pastor Cho Yong-gi, founder of the world’s largest church, Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, has been indicted on charges of breach of trust. He allegedly cost the church over $9 Million in a family stock scam, plus tax evasion to the tune of $5.5 Billion, according to prosecutors.

Apparently Cho, advised the officials of his church to invest their money into stocks privately owned by his eldest son Hee-jun.

Pastor David Yonggi Cho

However, the price he charged them for the stock shares, in 2002, was four times higher than their market value, prosecutors said.

Hee-jun and Kookmin Ilbo, former chairman of the daily newspaper were indicted on charges of embezzlement last December and after investigation, prosecutors said that Cho, was also involved in the alleged crime.

Yoido Full Gospel Church, boast to have more that 1 million members and it was nominated as the world’s largest church by the Los Angeles Times in 1981. The church was founded in 1958 by Cho and his mother who are both Assemblies of God pastors.

Prosecutors alleged that, in 2002, Hee-jun, sold 250,000 shares of a company called “I-Service,” to members and officials from his father’s church. He charged them $80 per share when their market value was only $22 per share.

Hee-jun is accused of causing the church members to lose $14.5 million in financial losses. To put it simply, Hee-jun over charged them $14.5 million, for the shares.

Apparently, Cho first came under investigation in 2011, when church elders accused him of embezzling $20 million. They also criticized Cho for privatizing church assets.

While the investigation was in progress, prosecutors found evidence of tax evasion by Cho.

Apparently after the Seoul regional tax office had judged that his stock sale was a gift and ordered that he pay $9.48 million in taxes, Cho, enlisted the aid of an accountant and submitted falsified documents to the tax office.

According to prosecutors, Cho, used the falsified documents and the money he saved in taxes from them, to pay back 4 billion won of the 6 billion he cheated his church members out of.

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Protecting the Lambs: Two charged after children found in padlocked camper in deplorable conditions

by on Jun.19, 2013, under Uncategorized

Suffolk, Va. – Two people have been arrested after police in Suffolk say they found a two-year-old and a 6-month old living in horrific conditions inside of a camper that was chained and padlocked from the outside.

Home where two were charged after children were living in deplorable conditions

They were originally called about a fight on June 5th. They say Kimberly Shanqua Shelton assaulted another woman as an initiation into a gang and officials obtained search warrants for the home where Shelton was living on N. Division Street. Once there, they made a shocking discovery.

Officials conducted the search on Tuesday and heard children crying. That’s when they realized the two kids were locked inside of the camper. Officers had to force their way inside.

Trailer where police discovered children living in horrific conditions

Officials say the conditions inside of the trailer were horrible and they saw dirty diapers, feces and bedding that was soaked in urine. They say the camper was also infested with fleas and some of the floor boards were rotten.

Police say it appeared that no one changed the kids’ diapers for quite some time and the children were covered with bug bites.

Laron Neal - MUGSHOT

The infant was having trouble breathing inside of the camper and both children were taken to Sentara Obici for treatment. There’s no word yet on their condition.
Officers say the mother was not there and the children were in the camper alone with the windows closed, no air conditioning and the only electricity that was running to the camper was from a power cord running from the house.

The kids’ mother, 23-year-old Jaronda Rena Wilson, came back to the home after going to buy beer police say. She was arrested along with 22-year-old Laron Huston Neal.

Jaronda Rena Wilson - MUGSHOT

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They have both been charged with abuse and neglect of children, reckless disregard and cruelty and injuries to children.

The property was condemned and Suffolk Animal Control took custody of a pit bull that was also on the premises.

The kids are now with their grandfather and Child Protective Services is investigating this case.

Kimberly Shanqua Shelton - MUGSHOT

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Just For Jesus Founder arrested again in Calcasieu Parish

by on Jun.14, 2013, under General, Leadership, Protecting the lambs, Religious Cults


Calcasieu Parish, LA (KPLC) – James Bertrand, the man behind the “Just for Jesus” rallies, is booked at the Calcasieu Correctional Center as of 5:00 a.m. Friday, June 14.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office tells us Bertrand was arrested Thursday night at a Sulphur business for contempt of court, forgery and false swearing.

Bond has to be set on the contempt of court charge.

This is at least the 7th time that Bertrand has been arrested in the last nine months.

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End Times: Americans don’t know how closely the government is watching them, lawmakers say

by on Jun.09, 2013, under African-American Community, General, Leadership

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Lawmakers: Americans don’t know how carefully the government is watching
By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News

Lawmakers on both sides of a burgeoning debate over counterterrorism practices agree: Americans just don’t know how carefully the government is monitoring their words and deeds in the name of national security.

Revelations this week that the National Security Agency has culled hoards of “meta-data” from domestic phone records and international internet communications has alarmed civil libertarians in both parties, while more hawkish Democrats and Republicans have joined together to defend the NSA’s practices.

The one area on which both sides agree is that most Americans don’t have a full sense of just how wide-sweeping the government’s activities have been in its pursuit of national security threats.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican defender of the programs, said Americans aren’t aware of many of the government’s anti-terrorist practices.
“I don’t think they know a lot of things that the government is doing in our effort [to counter terrorism],” he said Sunday on CNN.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., a critic of the NSA methods who was aware of them as a member of the Senate’s intelligence panel, said the same thing.
“My main concern is Americans don’t know the extent to which they are being surveilled,” Udall said Sunday.

The uproar over the NSA’s practices has prompted renewed debate over what constraints should be placed upon the government in its intelligence and national security practices, more than a decade past the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that led to the growth of most modern intelligence practices.

Udall said Sunday on ABC that he would like for Congress to revisit the PATRIOT Act, the law first enacted under President George W. Bush that gives the government wider latitude in pursuing terror suspects. That law has been renewed under President Barack Obama, and it gives the government some of the powers detailed in this week’s reporting about the NSA.

“We hear this term ‘meta-data,’ which has to do with when you make calls, where you make calls to, who you’re talking to,” Udall said. “I think that’s private information, and I think if the government is gathering that, the American people ought to know it, we ought to have a discussion about it, and frankly, I think we ought to reopen the Patriot Act and put some limits on the amount of data that the National Security Administration is collecting.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a critic of many of the administration’s national security practices and a Republicans with designs on the White House in 2016, suggested he might look to challenge the NSA snooping in court.

“That is unconstitutional, it invades our privacy, and I’m going to be seeing if I can challenge this at a Supreme Court level,” he said on “Fox News Sunday” of the NSA’s collection of phone data. “I’m going to be asking all the internet providers and all of the phone companies — ask your customers to join me in a class action lawsuit. If we get 10 million Americans saying we don’t want our phone records looked at, then maybe somebody will wake up and things will change in Washington.”
But defenders of the programs from both parties countered that the programs were carefully monitored already by both Congress and the courts, and struck a reasonable balance between civil liberties and pursuing terrorists.

“It’s a careful balance between individual liberties and responsibilities,” McCain said. “I believe that the FISA court system is an appropriate way of reviewing some of these policies.”

And Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Calif., the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she would seek ways to add more transparency to the government’s anti-terror activities.
“We have had lots of hearings on this,” she said on ABC. “I’m open to doing a hearing every month, if that’s necessary, and I’m open to doing an open [public] hearing.”

She added, though, that many of the counter-terrorism were so sensitive, that there would necessarily be limits to the extent which lawmakers can discuss these programs in public.

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