Metropolitan of Believers’ Church K.P. Yohannan Will Face Jury in Fraud Case

This is the same news as I reported yesterday but with a twist. The organization which funnels money from all over the world to India -- Gospel for Asia -- is at the center of two racketeering and fraud lawsuits brought by former donors in Arkansas. The founder of GFA and Believers' Church in India (the main recipient of GFA's funds) -- K.P. Yohannan -- is a defendant in the lawsuits. So is his wife and son. One of those suits was cleared by a federal judge to proceed with discovery and to hold … [Read more...]

Federal Judge Sets 2019 Trial Date for Fraud Case Against Gospel for Asia

Today, a federal judge in Western Arkansas ruled that one of the fraud and racketeering cases against Gospel for Asia will go to trial in 2019. U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks set the date for a jury trial on April 15, 2019.Despite numerous legal maneuvers by GFA's lawyers, the Murphy RICO case will move ahead. This is a significant win for the plaintiffs since GFA has tried on multiple occasions to have this and another case thrown out. The earlier case involving another Arkansas couple, … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Tops India’s List of Foreign Donation Recipients for FY 2016

A March 20 article in the Times of India puts focus on just how much money pours into India via the mega mission organization Gospel for Asia. A companion piece on Believers' Church features K.P. Yohannan again saying he has no legal standing in any of his organizations. His own church Constitution seems to contradict this statement.According to the ToI article, Ayana Charitable Trust (Gospel for Asia's new name in India) took in $126,376,000 (Rs 8.26 billion). Much of that came from Ayana's … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Founder K.P. Yohannan Gives the Gift of Worship on His Birthday; Hand Kissing Too

Happy Founders Day!Forgive the late wish for a happy Founder's Day. In the Believers' Church, K.P. Yohannan's birthday is considered a special day and singled out for celebration.Founder’s Day [March 8] This is the Birthday of our Metropolitan. On this day, the Church shall organize compassion ministries such as providing food for the poor and beggars, social work, gift distribution to the poor and downtrodden, etc. These activities fulfill the dream of our Metropolitan to love others a … [Read more...]

New RICO Suit Brought Against Gospel for Asia

I reported earlier this week that Garland and Phyllis Murphy, former Gospel for Asia donors filed a motion to join the RICO lawsuit initiated by Matthew and Jennifer Dickson. A separate suit was filed yesterday by the Murphys.Read the Murphys' complaint here.The complaint is similar to the one filed by the Dicksons but has a separate case number from Dickson's case and follows a motion to withdraw the earlier request to join the Dickson's case. Plaintiffs’ Motion to Withdraw P … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Appeals the Denial of a Stay in the RICO Lawsuit

Gospel for Asia really doesn't want to enter discovery in their defense against allegations of corrupt financial practices and fraud.Last week, after the Western Arkansas District Court rejected GFA's request for a stay (pause in the case) while GFA's appeal is being heard, GFA promptly appealed that denial yesterday.Read GFA's appeal here.In the appeal, GFA "respectfully request[s] a stay under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 8 pending the outcome of this appeal." GFA wants the … [Read more...]

Former Donors Request to Join Gospel for Asia RICO Suit

On February 6, 2017, Garland D. Murphy, III, M.D. and his wife Phyllis A. Murphy filed a motion to join the RICO lawsuit agains Gospel for Asia. In the motion, the Murphy's allege that they were defrauded by Gospel for Asia and would not have donated had they known how GFA planned to use their donations.Specifically, the Murphys took the GFA promise to send 100% to mission work at face value and donated on that basis.From Exhibit A attached to the Motion: Plaintiffs-Intervenors Garland … [Read more...]

Federal Court Rejects Gospel for Asia’s Motion for a Stay; New Plaintiffs Request to Join Suit

On Wednesday, the Western Arkansas federal district court rejected Gospel for Asia's request for a stay of trial proceedings while an appeals court considers GFA's motion to dismiss the case. This will allow the case to proceed to discovery and trial.Read the judge's order at the link below. Some best hits from the order: The only foreseeable “harm” of discovery in this forum is that it might reveal that Defendants have, in fact, committed fraud against Plaintiffs and the purported class. Th … [Read more...]