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Property Dispute: Former Pastors accuse MFM International of Fraud & Tax Evasion in the U.S.

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Dr Daniel K. Olukoya

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has been accused of fraudulent activity, the illegal importation of goods to the U.S by former pastors and members of its branch in Bowie, Maryland.

The accusation followed a lawsuit filed by MFM International, Lagos and MFM, USA against the former pastors – Lawrence Adetunji and Ronke Adetunji – and members over real property described as 5506 and 5503 Church Road in Bowie, Maryland acquired by MFM, Bowie in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

Joined in the suit is Christ the Truth Ministry, the successor of MFM Bowie.

According to Sahara Reporters, MFM International claims that the property acquired with the contributions and offerings of the members of MFM in Bowie are property of MFM headquarters by way of trust.

MFM International added that since the pastors and most members have decided not to associate with the church, they should hand over the property to MFM headquarters.

The defendants made their accusation in a counterclaim, stating that they decided to leave the denomination after discovering that plaintiffs had willfully and intentionally evaded U.S. Customs Service duties and had evaded tax payments to the United States Government by shipping prayer books to the U.S., with a cover letter stating that they were donations but later gave instruction to pastors to sell the books to parishioners.

The defendants stated that the practice had been going on for years but they only discovered it in 2015 and being that they could not “influence or change their behavior, had to sever all ties in order to curtail their (defendants’) unwitting participation in plaintiffs’ illegal actions.”

The defendants claimed that MFM International cannot lay claim to the property as it made no contribution to its acquisition even after they were asked for assistance by way of loan. They declared that no valid trust was created over their property for the benefit of the plaintiffs.

The case, filed in the Circuit Court for Prince Georges’ County of Maryland, U.S.A., (Case No. CAL16-26532)  comes up for hearing on October 14, 2017.

MFM International General Overseer, Dr. Daniel Olukoya is expected to get into the witness box at the hearing.

See the plaintiffs’ suit below:

MFM%20Complaint by saharaReporters headlines on Scribd

See the defendants’ counterclaim below:

MFM %20Defendants%20Answer by saharaReporters headlines on Scribd

12 Comments

  1. Cocoa

    September 30, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    What is all this? please dont disgrace the other members of the body of Christ! How can we be dragging property??? Property that we claim we purchased to provide a place of worship for our God. That property belongs to nobody. Since they can agree, they should sell it and donate the proceeds to a chosen charity. smh

  2. Sade Twyse

    September 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    The same folks we all run to for miracles and breakthrough yet they can’t sort their own mess. At the end of the day money brings out the true intentions in every one

    • creebhills

      September 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      you where not there , so kindly reviews your thoughts

    • creebhills

      September 30, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      you where not there , so kindly review your thoughts

  3. Chrisyinks

    September 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    It’d be interesting to see the end of this. These are weighty allegations – one that should be far away from the Christian church.

    • The real

      July 10, 2018 at 3:22 am

      Well, now there’s an end to this. MfM won the case and the pastor was ordered to return the church to MFM. Unfortunately, the same Sahara news that blew up the story has refused to also report that the court found the defendants liable and judgment given in favor of MFM.

  4. Ajala & Foodie

    September 30, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Winners has their own on going in Ghana, Foursquare with the now Embrace international in Ikd, now MFM… This is what happens when greed sets in with people. The sad part is everyone chooses to ignore whose name at the end of the day is being put to shame which is Christ’s. I recently told someone close to me that if I did not know the word for myself already, I would not want to have anything to do with Christianity not with what I see in Christiandom but home and abroad these days

  5. Oyin

    September 30, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    How convenient to blast MFM it is sad that theives will always blame others or sin. God will judge those stealing from Him in Jesus Name.

  6. Favour

    September 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Rather than drag the name of God in flood,MFM headquarters should just leave the Maryland branch with the property and let God be the judge. You can’t cheat God. Silence is golden and let God fight. One Night vigil .. the one who did wrong will come back begging.

    • femi

      September 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      i like your comment

  7. elohor

    September 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I recall one of these pastors mediating a money dispute between me and my ex and. I quote “aren’t you a child of God? Vengeance is the lord. Let him keep the money if he refuses to pay you back. God will surprise you in abigger way” that was mommy’s counsel to me. So now I’m shcoked to my bones to see her name in court documents relating to financial dispute more or less. Religion these days is like the blind leading the blind wahalai

  8. Joyce

    October 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Hustling, that’s what most of them come to US to do and use working for God as disguise.

    So property were bought in their names and not in the name of the church. If it was bought using the MFM name, there wouldn’t be need for lawsuit. Could they have been planning to leave the church from the beginning?

    The pastors back home are no saint either. It’s all about wealth acquisition for most of them. Living in opulence while majority of their members (those bringing the contributions) live in penury.

    After all said and done, it’s 6 feet below for all men. The impartial God will judge us all according to our works on earth. I pray for God’s grace to live a righteous life in Jesus name, amen.

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