Gospel for Asia Founder KP Yohannan Back in NRB’s Good Graces After Alleged Fraud and $37 Million Settlement
After paying millions to donors who alleged Gospel for Asia defrauded them, the organization has apparently rejoined the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).
6 thoughts on “Canadian Donors File Class-Action Lawsuit, Accusing Gospel for Asia of $100M Fraud”
I have been following Prof. Throckmortons blog since before he reported on the first of his over 100 posts on GFA. GFA has likely scammed people in this world out of over a billion dollars from all over the world. I have been reading through CS Lewis’ classic “Mere Christianity.” In there he mentions between major points that it would be unwise for donors to give anything to a charity without fully checking its legitimacy out first. I first read that book many years ago and had I only taken Lewis’ very wise advice, I would have not have sent my money down into a septic tank full of lies. Now GFA has settled out of court, because they had no case whatsoever. We donors have likely turned KP Yohannan into a Indian Billionaire with all the for-profit businesses he has built and bought for himself. He is set to make a killing off a regional airport off of funds he raised for other purposes, that he used to steal a land lease away from the Indian government. The first lawsuit has now spawned another one and may spawn others as there are other western countries that he has been bilking now for some time. From here on out, do not take anyones word for it when they come asking for donations. Do what I did not do before. Take CS at his word and check out first. If you cannot find proof that it is legitimate, then do not donate…
Lock Lorde was the big winner on the first lawsuit here in the U.S. They made millions in legal fees and their biggest contribution was prevailing in the efforts to have all of the discovery placed under a seal of confidentiality. If God is merciful, the Canadian courts will not allow such a sham to take place. They will do what the American courts should have done and hold GFA publicly accountable.
IF that happens, it is likely that criminal charges would follow. If not in the U.S, possibly in Canada. Although, if discovery is unsealed, even the super celebrity pastor friendly federal government would be hard pressed to turn a blind eye to what was done to over 100,000 donors.
That is my greatest hope for this case. While refunding the $100M is important, it’s not nearly as important as finally putting these financial fraudsters behind bars. Most of the donors have fixed or limited incomes. They gave sacrificially. Had KP Yohannan been selling $10,000 in shoddy roofing, he’d be in jail. But $500,000,000 in the name of Jesus? “See ya later, suckas! I’ve got a Premiere League soccer team to buy!”
I was part of the U.S.A. class action lawsuit. I have yet to receive a refund check after submitting paperwork via email and snail mail a year ago…
I received a check last year from the lawsuit. Not sure what has happened with your case.
The idea that not admitting to guilt in a settlement is any indication of a genuine lack of guilt is high comedy. That’s standard boilerplate. I never did a settlement without that language. Mr. Mootebknows this, of course. But he also knows that some uniformed people will be misled by his response. As a middle aged lawyer, that sounds to me a whole lot like a good old fashioned lie.
Thanks for this Julie. Julie, I am wondering if you considered doing investigative work on Paul Dhinakaran, an evangelist/businessman from india (who is not setteled with his family in either USA or Canada). Paul Dhinakaran runs Jesus Calls ministires and owns Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences. Recent raids from Indian government’s tax department on Paul Dhinakaran’s properties in India resulted in seizure of around 120 Crore (Indian rupees) and 4.5 kilograms of Gold.
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