Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Baptist Church Fraud

The investigation into mishandling of startup money for Baptist churches in the Rio Grande Valley reveals that more than $1.3 million in donations was misused to create churches that existed only on paper:

The 2.5 million-member denomination missed numerous red flags -- including an FBI probe -- that should have prompted an internal investigation earlier, the report showed.
Furthermore, officials with the Baptist General Convention of Texas ignored warnings from other pastors:

Investigators noted BGCT leaders failed to investigate thoroughly charges of impropriety, even though some staff knew about irregularities in the church-starting program in the Valley.

Even an FBI investigation in 2000-2001 regarding allegations of fraud failed to prompt a serious internal investigation, the report noted. Investigators said they determined the FBI terminated the investigation because the BGCT—as the injured party—did not pursue the complaint.

The investigative team, including Brownsville lawyer Diane Dillard, offers some suggestions to prevent financial abuse in the future. Last, but not least, they suggest "trust but verify." If anyone wants more details, the complete report is available online.

The Valley: where corruption flourishes among every faith.


Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Corruption flourishes because of weak D.A.'s in office , all over the valley. Sure they'll go after sex offenders who leave their DNA everywhere, thats too easy. BUT when corrupt politicians allow over 20 MILLION dollars go "missing" from the port of browvsville, or go after a woman who made alegations of bribery against a sitting D.A. , for example, they drag their feet in an "investigation " and multiple arrests for the same offense, with no end or closure in sight. But we elect these same incompetents over and over .

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