Megachurch pastor caught embezzling money to do the lord’s work.

God damn, lying to people is profitable.  A megachurch pastor in Singapore has been caught embezzling a lot of money so that he could turn his wife into a pop star.  How much is “a lot”?  Well…

A Christian evangelical pastor in Singapore is accused of embezzling more than $19 million in church funds to finance his wife’s career as a pop singer, all under the guise of spreading God’s message through her music.

Kong Hee, 47, and five other officials from the City Harvest Church are on trial for hatching a plan to embezzle millions to make his wife Sun Ho, 41, a pop star in the U.S.

Originally accused of siphoning off $19 million, the group allegedly misappropriated another $20 million to cover up the first diversion.

All six of the accused deny the charges. The church claims Ho’s career is part of a “crossover” campaign to spread God’s word to the secular world via her music.

Evidence presented in court showed more than $10 million – “in line with Shakira’s marketing budget and less than the budget for Beyonce” – was earmarked in the church’s budget for Ho’s marketing.

But guys, it’s ok!  It’s all to spread god’s word.  It’s just a happy, happy coincidence that “god’s will” so greatly benefits Kong Hee and his wife specifically (through the use of all your money).  This is a way to get all the people who thought “god’s will” was feeding the poor to say “Oh, I signed up for god’s will, and apparently that means my pastor getting a mansion or his wife becoming a pop star.”  That god, he sure works in mysterious ways, doesn’t he?  He can orchestrate his will in any way he wishes, but he chooses to do it in ways indistinguishable from a scam.

One can only wonder why, if a pastor was wanting to use church funds to do god’s work, that he’d have to embezzle the money.  Strange, that.

  • David Fitzgerald

    “One can only wonder why, if a pastor was wanting to use church funds to do god’s work, that he’d have to embezzle the money.” That IS weird, isn’t it? Huh.
    -D

  • islandbrewer

    How is this substantively different from any other Megachurch pastor who legally lives off the millions that are made in the church’s name, really?

    • Loqi

      This one tried to hide it. Parishoners seem to be highly attracted to ostentatiousness.

  • Chuck Farley

    Maybe they could start their own variety musical television show. They could call it Hee – Ho

  • smrnda

    It’s great that evangelists have exported Christianity; otherwise, people would have one less means of scamming other people.

    All said, this is Singapore, a place known to have very harsh penalties, so I have a bit of morbid curiosity as to what punishment he’ll be given.

  • Stev84

    As far as I’m concerned there isn’t a megachurch pastor who isn’t a conman and grifter. They are all only interested in their personal enrichment.


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