Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Singapore church founder 'misused £11.5 million in donations'

The founder of one of Singapore's richest churches has been arrested on allegations he misused at least £11.5 million in donations from his congregation of more than 30,000.

Pastor Kong Hee and four senior executives of the City Harvest Church – a Christian group registered as a charity – were arrested by Singapore's Commercial Affairs Department, a police unit set up to fight financial crime.

Officials said they were suspected of diverting at least Sg$23 million earmarked for charitable projects and spent money on a bid by the pastor's wife, Ho Yeow Sun, to launch an evangelical music career in the United States.

 The church, which has affiliates in neighbouring Malaysia and other countries, is famous for services that resemble pop concerts. Full story...

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