Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pastor Accused Of Stealing Katrina Relief Funds

Louisiana: A state audit released today claims the pastor of a Central City church known for its drug addiction programs misspent or wasted at least $160,000 in relief grants after Hurricane Katrina.

In addition, the State Inspector General's audit also said that Elder John Pierre of Living Witness Church Of God In Christ converted to personal use nearly $74,000 in rebuilding grants. The report recommended that the state begin efforts to recapture the money and consider whether to open a criminal prosecution.

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Examination of church bank accounts found that in 2008 and 2009 Pierre issued himself 11 checks totalling $32,810, "including a $20,000 check ... classified as an anniversary gift." He also paid himself $41,000 in regular housing allowances, the report said.

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