Former members of the Exclusive Brethren allege that large sums of cash have been transported across international borders and accuse the church of hushing up child abuse.
The allegations are among several made by former church members that will be aired on ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] TV’s Four Corners program tonight.
The former Australian leader of the Exclusive Brethren Ron Fawkes alleged that he illegally transported large sums of cash across international borders for the former world leader James Symington.
“The vast amounts of money handed over are referred to as gifts to, particularly to the leading, leading man,” Mr Fawkes told ABC TV.
“Now that money amounts in the course of the year to millions, all going untaxed,” he said.
Mr Fawkes said that he often took large wads of cash from one country to another for Mr Symington.
“The amount of money that was transferred through interstate and international borders was just absolutely horrific, and I myself was given wads of money to carry for this person,” Mr Fawkes said.
“I hate to think what would have happened if I’d been, you know, arrested or caught,” he said.