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Singapore Megachurch Leader Kong Hee Faces Conspiracy and Fraud Charges
The founder of one of Singapore’s largest evangelical churches was charged with fraud today for allegedly funneling millions of dollars to his wife’s singing career. The charges have come to light after a two year investigation and concern the local public had of his lavish lifestyle.
City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee, 47, was charged with:
three counts of conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust in connection with a scheme to syphon at least 23 million Singapore dollars (£11.6million) of church funds from 2007 to 2010 to finance the singing career of his wife, Ho Yeow Sun.
Kong Hee was released on £250,000 bail after his passport was seized. He did not enter a plea.
He could face up to 20 years in prison or be fined for each charge in which he is found guilty.
Prosecutors also charged four other church leaders of City Harvest Church with breach of trust and conspiracy to commit falsification of accounts.
On Tuesday, the Charities Commissioner suspended the five church leaders whom were charged along with the pastor’s wife Sun Ho and two others from their positions as trustees, board members and employees at City Harvest.
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