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Judge freezes accounts of Florida church caught up in alleged Ponzi scheme

first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins How remembering the dead has evolved from graveside eulogy to farewell address Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment TagsFlorida homepage featured Ponzi scheme Winners Church,You may also like Share This! Share This! Opinion Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Newscenter_img News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes Share This! By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The pastor of a megachurch in West Palm Beach, Fla., is refusing to hand over $1.7 million despite claims by federal prosecutors that the funds belong to people caught up in a $30 million Ponzi scheme run by a former church director.According to the Palm Beach Post, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg ordered $1 million in assets belonging to Winners Church, a suburban congregation in West Palm Beach, and to church pastors Fred Shipman and Whitney Shipman frozen.Those assets will remain frozen until Rosenberg issues a ruling on their disposition.The dispute is part of the fallout from an alleged Ponzi scheme run by Canadian financial commentator Harold Seigel and Florida resident Jose Aman. The duo allegedly convinced hundreds of people to invest millions in Argyle Coin, LLC, which claimed to be a cryptocurrency business related to diamonds.According to a dozen lawsuits recently filed in Florida and elsewhere, the men were actually running an elaborate scam. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Tuesday (May 21) it was shutting down the operation, describing it as a Ponzi scheme.Some of their money turned up at Winners Church, which boasts a congregation of more than 2,000 and had listed Aman as a “director” on state records.According to a new lawsuit, Aman gave $1 million to the church from 2014 to 2018 and gave church founder Bishop Fred Shipman $700,000. He also allegedly gave Fred Shipman’s son, Winners Church senior pastor Whitney Shipman, around $40,000 during that same time period.On Thursday, Amie Berlin, an attorney for the SEC, told U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg that the church and the Shipmans should return the funds, given that the SEC can retrieve money for victims of the scheme.But Carl Schoeppl, the lawyer representing the Shipmans and the church, argued Winners Church can’t be forced to turn over the money because it’s a nonprofit religious institution.The West Palm Beach Skyline as seen from Palm Beach, taken on October 06, 2007. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.He pointed to a Florida statute that allows religious organizations to accept funds “received in good faith,” noting that neither the church nor the Shipmans were aware of Aman’s operation.Bishop Shipman has called the funds “God’s blessings” and told the judge that giving them up would have “a ripple effect in everything we do from this point on.”Lawyers for the U.S. government argue federal law supersedes the state-level statute, although churches have been spared incidentally in the past from different clawback situations.True Life Church in Waukesha, Wis., was initially targeted to pay back $756,000 donated to the congregation by a company that later went bankrupt, but the effort was eventually abandoned in 2017. In a similar bankruptcy case involving Cornerstone Church in Tennessee, the congregation was sued and eventually agreed to pay a settlement.The judge gave both sides in the Winners Church until June 3 to file paperwork explaining their positions. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postslast_img read more

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Slings and Games at YourSingapore Launch

first_imgKah Peng Aw (Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board), Catriona Leonard-Rogers (Getaway) – winner of puzzle competition (trip to Singapore) Subhas Menon (Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Singapore Airlines), Tetsuya Wakuda (Chef Owner, Tetsuya’s restaurant), Kah Peng Aw (Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M back row: Edward Shute (Assistant Manager, Singapore Toursim Board Oceania), Yee Choong Chooi (Regional Director, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Evon Lam (Manager, Singapore Tourism Board)front: Michelle Thoo (Manager, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Agatha Seeto (Executive Assistant, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Kah Peng Aw (Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board), Sandra Leong (Area Director, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania), Gillian Huang (Assistant Manager, Singapore Tourism Board Oceania). Singapore Tourism Board hosted a lavish launch party at Tetsuya’s unveiling its much anticipated new digital marketing campaign and brand, YourSingapore. Moving forward in a new direction from tagline marketing and its previous Uniquely Singapore banner, the new brand is expected to empower visitors to create their own Singapore experience.“It’s all about empowering the visitor.  In the 21st century, that’s what people are after,” STB Chief Executive, AW Kah Peng said. “We want to speak to visitors in a way that they understand and can connect with, making it powerful and meaningful.” YourSingapore was chosen specifically to showcase the destination’s flexibility and ability to offer a wide variety of unique sights, sounds, tastes and cultures for travellers to personalise their own unique Singapore experience. The main component of the branding campaign is the launch of the yoursingapore.com website which is a digital marvel incorporating travel itineraries and a shopping cart for a complete virtual experience.“Our website, which is packed with up-to-date interactive content about all things Singapore, will deliver a virtual experience unlike any other destination website,” Ms Aw said. STB are also considering incorporating a trade section to upload relevant travel packages, following their China specific site which already offers this function. Visitor arrivals exceeded expectations during a tough 2009 according to Ms Aw, who revealed the 9.7 million travellers; 830,000 of which Australians, were more than originally forecasted. 2010 is already shaping up to be another bumper year, with 20 to 30 per cent growth expected.  The openings of Singapore’s new integrated resorts are also projected to create a huge impact in visitor numbers. Australia currently represents Singapore’s fifth biggest market, and with visitors spending more than the average traveller, it is also considered to be one of its most lucrative markets. With the launch of Singapore’s new cruise terminal, set to be operational in 2012, Ms Aw said the tourism board was now focusing on the cruise market as another potential area of growth with Australia playing a key role considering its current successful cruising industry. Singapore’s ever evolving culinary scene was outlined as another drawcard for travellers, according to Ms Aw, who said it was part of their “living heritage”.  Tetsuya’s is poised to open Waku Ghin, his new restaurant at Marina Bay Sands at the end of the month.View www.yoursingapore.com for more informationlast_img read more

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