West Side Community Church to Discuss Financial Investigation

First in to my new email address is word that West Side Community Church is going to publicly discuss the findings of the fraud investigation this coming Sunday, January 26 at 12:15 p.m.

They’re calling it a “family meeting.” Sounds like the press isn’t invited. (Although if Matthew was a tax collector, surely members of the press are Jesus’ family, too.) They say that it might provide needed closure for some. Seems reasonable enough, given that people thought they were giving money to a religious purpose only to, allegedly, have it stolen. With the amount of money involved, allegedly approximately $500,000, I would want to know where the money went and what it was used for, if I gave money to the church.

The notice of the meeting implied that it’s the last time they’re going to be talking about it and they’re going to be “moving forward as a united church body” after the meeting. In other words, if you don’t shut up and agree with us after this, or you want to talk about it further, you’re not welcome.

Meeting this Sunday, January 26 at 12:15 p.m.

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3 thoughts on “West Side Community Church to Discuss Financial Investigation”

  1. I hope someone reports the details of the meeting, and posts the reports.

    Whatever happened with the criminal investigation? It should have continued, and the findings should have been released. If there is truly, actually, a whistleblower site for this county, they would arrange for a FOIA of the result and post it.

    Some may argue this is the private business of the church. But it is not. This was a criminal matter, with an investigation.

    Parishioners are often powerless in these cases. Church management often wants to sweep the controversy under the rug. By doing so, they are enabling the corruption and abuse to continue. Maybe that is what happened at the prior church? Or maybe the prior church caught it in time?

    When the money of a tax-exempt org, even a church, is used for corrupt purposes, it violates the non-profit status. That is another reason for an investigation, and loss of tax-exempt status.

    We read about the culture of secrecy at churches in the headlines Every Single Day. Sadly, those cases are far more serious than money – though the massive amount of money is surely an enabler.

  2. Wow. So, I take it they are likely to just “forgive” vs. obtaining a judgment and placing a lien on any and all property owned by the alleged thief in order to make the church whole? Alternatively, no insurance, I suppose.

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