Social Crusader and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan Waxes Eloquent about Charity in India

Yesterday, K.P. Yohannan, self-styled social crusader and Metropolitan of Believers' Church, published an article in the Indian online publication Bureaucracy Today on charity finances. Next issue, BT should invite Bernie Madoff to pen an article on business ethics. Some highlights: However, checks and balances in the NGO space, like in any other system are an integral part of this support mechanism.  Without effective and robust assessment machinery, it will become very difficult … [Read more...]

Plaintiff’s Lawyer in the Gospel for Asia Fraud Case: Show Us Where the Money Went

"There is a blogger that regularly blogs. I'm certain that there will be something about this hearing on his blog because he follows the PACER regularly in everything that comes out, and there are a group of people that are -- they -- it's a little bit of a family feud between these ex-employees and GFA." - Robert Mowrey, attorney for Gospel for Asia, May 16, 2017. On May 16, a hearing was held to set the calendar and procedures for the racketeering (RICO) lawsuit against Gospel for Asia … [Read more...]

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...]

K.P. Yohannan Ordains 12 New Bishops Including Son and Gospel for Asia Board Member Daniel Punnoose

On March 2, Daniel Punnoose, the son of Gospel for Asia founder and Believers' Church Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan, was confirmed as a Bishop in the Believers' Church in India. This sets the stage for Yohannan to turn over the GFA empire to Punnoose when Yohannan decides to retire.Gospel for Asia is being sued by former donors who claim that GFA engaged in fraud and misuse of funds.Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan … [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...]