Phoenix Religious Fraud Lawyer
Almost everyone is aware of what religious fraud is. What could be perceived as religious fraud is seen on television quite often. For example, the televangelist heals someone on television and all of a sudden the donations start pouring in. It’s when the televangelist goes to heal someone and that person simply looks at him like he’s crazy. They’re not falling to the floor like he wanted them to. The next thing you know, others come out of the woodwork saying they were a pawn of the pastor’s to help him get donations that were used for his own personal gain.
The situation is a sad one all around. The money that is collected is not always used for the purposes that are cited on the television shows. Other times, they are. That is why it can be difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what isn’t. The moment someone screams “fraud,” however, an investigation can ensue.
Religious Fraud In Depth
As it stands, religious fraud has resulted in $34 billion in financial fraud between 2011 and 2012. This has become a global issue and has actually hurt those ministers with legitimate ministries. In fact, those that use the money for what they say they will have even been investigated.
Here are some examples of religious fraud that has been committed:
- Recruiting television viewers and members of the congregation to take part in a Ponzi scheme
- Donations taken to go toward a specific cause never received by that cause
- Money laundering
- Promoting a business venture to a congregation and taking or losing their money
- Skimming off of the top of donations
- Using church checking accounts and credit cards for personal use
- Conversion and self dealing
- Excessive compensation
- Insurance fraud
These are just some instances of religious fraud. Whether or not a pastor is “a fraud” is not necessarily a legal matter. As described above regarding the televangelist and his failed healing powers, whether or not people donated is up to them. They can choose to believe what they see. The issue lies in the fact that the funds are not used for what they say they are used for or someone on the inside begins stealing the money.
Hiring A Phoenix Federal Crimes Attorney
Being accused of religious fraud can be devastating for a number of reasons. Even if there is a legitimate element to the claim, you shouldn’t lose hope. Perhaps you are the victim of a CEO who embezzled money or maybe you did take a large salary cut that is perceived as being too large. Myles A. Schneider specializes in such matters, creating a strategy based upon independently gathered details in the case. Even when a legal matter seems very significant, it does not always have to be so big in the end.
Contact An Arizona Religious Fraud Attorney
Claims of religious fraud are not always legitimate. Even legitimate claims mean that a qualified defense attorney is needed to show the facts in the case in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Discussing with your attorney what happened, why it happened, and other relevant details can help you in your case. Call Myles A. Schneider today at 602-926-7373 for a free consultation.