Ex-officer to testify in church fraud case

A former Chandler police officer accused of aiding suspects in a state fraud case has agreed to testify against them.

Bradley Forward, 30, pleaded guilty to a charge of computer tampering and has offered to turn state’s evidence against the owners of a non-profit company accused of defrauding churchgoers of millions of dollars in Arizona and 12 other states.

Forward was indicted in December on 10 felony counts of supplying Ed Purvis and Greg Wolfe with investigative files and using police computers to illegally dig up information on a witness and prosecutor. In exchange for his cooperation, state prosecutors have agreed to drop all but one charge.

Forward’s plea deal was reached in March, but a Maricopa County Superior Court judge sealed the records from public view. The records were made public Thursday after a legal challenge by The Arizona Republic.

Purvis and Wolfe are the owners of Nakami Chi Group Ministries, which, authorities say, is a pyramid scheme that uses new investor money to pay dividends to old investors. Purvis and Wolfe were indicted last month on charges of bribing Forward and filing bogus legal claims against several public officials. The two have denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

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