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Why church fraud happens more often than you think

| February 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORHEAD – As pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, N.D., the Rev. Alan R. Werth said he stayed far away from the congregation’s money. He didn’t want to be accused of mishandling funds. So when Werth found out in 2001 that the church’s secretary just down the hall stole more than $160,000 over three […]




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Pennsylvania pastor confesses to church guitar fraud scheme

| April 14, 2010 | 0 Comments



A Saylorsburg, Pa., pastor admitted to police that he attempted to make a false insurance claim of more than $363,000 by claiming musical instruments were stolen from his church. Kevin Michael Gallagher, 50, pastor at New Covenant World Outreach in Brodheadsville, Pa., admitted that he made the false claims, citing financial and marital issues, according […]




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Fly-By-Night Churches Prey on the Flock

| March 3, 2010 | 2 Comments



West Memphis, Ark. – West Memphis police are warning the public to be wary of fly-by-night churches with questionable leadership. They say they could easily prey on those willing to open their hearts and wallets. Police say people in West Memphis have voiced concern over curious churches popping up all over the city. And as […]




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