TETAPI lazimnya puak-puak pelampau evangelis Kristian akan cuba SEMBUNYI berita memalukan sebegini.
Kalau di Malaysia – pengemar City Harvest adalah ADUN DAP/Speaker DUN Selangor – Hannah Yeoh
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Singapore City Harvest megachurch leaders guilty of fraud
Six leaders of a huge Singaporean church have been convicted of fraud in a case worth S$50m ($35m; £23m).
The judge ruled City Harvest Church’s pastor, Kong Hee, and others used church finances to fund the music career of his wife, Sun Ho, or falsified accounts to cover it up.
The defendants had argued Ms Ho’s pop music career was a way of reaching out to non-Christians.
They have been bailed until sentencing, but could face up to life in jail.
City Harvest – considered a megachurch – is one of Singapore’s wealthiest evangelical churches, with an estimated 30,000 members in Singapore and 15 services every weekend.
It says it has 48 affiliates in countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Brunei and Australia.
In a statement posted on the church’s website, Ms Ho said they were “disappointed by the outcome” and the six were taking further legal advice.
She thanked church members for their “unwavering faithfulness in loving God and loving one another” and called for “a unity that is unbreakable”.
As the six leaders appeared in court, the church tweeted messages asking for supporters’ prayers.
‘Weight of evidence’
Prosecutors said the misuse of funds happened between 2007 and 2008.
The six leaders and financial staff were accused of funnelling $24m Singaporean dollars from a building fund into fake investments, which were then used in a project to use Ms Ho’s music for evangelism. Prosecutors said another S$26m was spent covering up the investments.
The defendants all maintained that they did nothing wrong.
But Judge See Kee Oon said the background facts of the case were “largely undisputed” and that the “weight of evidence shows they were acting dishonestly”.
Kong and a former church committee member John Lam were found guilty of three charges of criminal breach of trust.
Senior Pastor Tan Ye Peng, committee member Chew Eng Han and two former finance managers, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan, were each convicted of several charges of criminal breach of trust and and falsifying accounts.
Ms Ho, who was in court to support her husband, launched her music career in 2002. She has several albums in Mandarin to her name and is known in China and Taiwan.
She has also worked with US music industry figures such as songwriter Diane Warren and rapper Wyclef Jean, who produced her English album.