Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: Agape Ministries:

Fugitive Agape Ministries cult leader agrees to pay refund • Thursday August 5, 2010

Runaway Agape Ministries leader Rocco Leo has offered to “refund” a profoundly disabled woman $290,000 as “a sign of good faith”.

In documents filed with the District Court, Leo denies defrauding $420,000 from Silvia Melchiorre, saying any monies received from her were a gift. He says he is willing to give her $290,000, even though he is under no legal obligation to do so.

Ms Melchiorre and Martin Penney have filed claims against Leo and two senior members of his controversial church – Joe and Mari Antoinette Veneziano.

In his defence documents, Leo denies owing any money to Mr Penney.

He says Mr Penney donated $243,000 to the church – not $1.2 million – and that his “gift” has already been refunded.

Leo also asks the court to lift freezing orders on his assets so that he can make the $290,000 payment to Ms Melchiorre, should she accept it. He further warns some of the properties subject to the freezing order “belong to other people” who will “file claims for damages”.

The case returns to court this month.

- Source / Full Story: Agape chief: I’ll pay up , Sean Fewster, The Advertiser, Aug. 4, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles

arrow Topic(s): Agape Ministries

Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


Religion News You May Like This As Well

Why are you not using Nozbe?

Don't you need to get things done?

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog