Singapore pastor charged with $38 million fraud to fund his wife's pop music career
On June 28, 2012 At 3:56 am
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The founder of one of the largest churches in Singapore has been charged over the misuse of church funds.
Pastor Kong Hee of the City Harvest Church allegedly siphoned off $18 million from the church's account to finance his wife's pop music singing career. Some of this money was allegedly used to pay for a $20,000 per month Hollywood mansion. When questions were raised about the missing funds, another $20 million was reportedly siphoned off to cover up the initial fraud.
The City Harvest Church is a Christian evangelical church with approximately 33,000 members. It has branches across Asia.
Church members are apparently supporting Kong on Twitter and Facebook, claiming that he is "a great pastor" and a "good man."
If found guilty of the charges, the pastor could face life imprisonment.