Universal Church treasurer faces fraud charges

Ten years after a New York Post expose (and here), the world’s largest Pentecostal church has been called to judgement for their allegedly devilish dealings in the city.

Regina DaSilva, the New York treasurer for the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, was hauled to court in handcuffs today to face charges that she repeatedly lied to the Attorney Generals’ office and Manhattan judges in securing $22 million in mortgage loans.

The loans, 11 in all, were taken out by DaSilva on behalf of the church on two of the church’s properties — one in Woodside, Queens, and the other in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, prosecutors charge.

Those two churches and a half dozen other branches throughout the city were the subject of a Post probe in 2000, which revealed shady fundraising in which worshippers were urged to turn over their savings to win God’s grace.

Check some of this church’s other antics here.

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