This is our archive of news items tagged Fraud.

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Scientology vs. Google * Pastor bilks woman * Christian Pagans?

Newspapers Are many self-described Christians in fact Pagan?

Representatives of the Church of Scientology reportedly asked Google to show only nice links whenever people search for ‘Scientology.’

Also: a pastor bilks a woman with dementia. And a church is ordered to pay $3.6 million to a woman assaulted by its former pastor. [Read more...]

SEC says ‘Social Capitalist’ ran Ponzi scheme targeting church members

Ephren Taylor Former businessman Ephren Taylor, who describes himself as a ‘Social Capitalist,’ has been charged with fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an alleged $11 million Ponzi scheme that targeted socially conscious churchgoers.

Among the victims are members of Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. They are suing their pastor, Eddie Long, for promoting Taylor’s scheme. [Read more...]

Former pastor sentenced to 3 years in prison for $14.2 million Medicare fraud scheme

Christopher Iruke and Connie Ikpoh A former Los Angeles church pastor, who owned and operated several fraudulent durable medical equipment supply companies with her husband, was sentenced today to serve 3 years in prison for her role in a $14.2 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Last January her husband was sentenced to 15 years in prison. [Read more...]

French Court Upholds Scientology Fraud Conviction

scientology Updated A French appeals court on Thursday upheld the Church of Scientology’s 2009 fraud conviction on charges it pressured members into paying large sums for questionable remedies.

The case centered on the complaints of several people who spent huge amounts of money for the cult’s ‘purification packs’ and other alleged ‘cures.’ [Read more...]

Doctor convicted in fake cancer treatments; preyed on Evangelical Christians

Christine Daniel A doctor and evangelical minister who used bogus herbal medications to offer false hope to dozens of people suffering from diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s was found guilty of nearly a dozen federal charges.

Twenty-eight victims or family members of victims who died while taking the products testified against Christine Daniel. [Read more...]

Australian senator tells Parliament of widespread criminal conduct within the Church of Scientology

Scientology The Australian Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has used a speech in Parliament to raise allegations of widespread criminal conduct within the Church of Scientology.

Senator Xenophon says he’s received letters from former followers of the religion detailing claims of crimes and abuses. [Read more...]