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Indian-American charged with running fraudulent charity

Gospel for Asia allegedly wasted hundreds of millions of dollars of donations

Published: February 17, 2016 09:01 AM GMT

Updated: February 17, 2016 09:02 AM GMT

Indian-American charged with running fraudulent charity

A Kerala-born Indian-American missionary, who founded and runs Gospel for Asia — one of the largest U.S.-based Christian mission agencies — has been charged with fraudulently soliciting hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable donations, and misdirecting the money for personal use.

A class action lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in a U.S. District Court in Arkansas alleges that K.P. Yohannan and other agency officials misrepresented how funds would be spent and funneled vast amounts of the hundreds of millions of dollars the organization has collected into for-profit businesses and an expensive headquarters, the Christian Post reported.

Gospel for Asia according to the lawsuit is a global missionary organization that operates in South Asia, primarily within India.

The organization tells potential donors that it supplies the "poorest of the poor" with food, provisions, and a Christian message, but lead attorney Marc R. Stanley said in a statement that the agency has been exploiting the goodwill of Christians.

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