MISCELLANEOUS FINANCIAL COURT CASES
WINSTEAD ET AL v. JACQUELINE DAWES ET AL and I.R.S. v. JACQUELINE DAWES ET AL. In January 2020, WBIR-TV, in Knoxville, Tennessee, is reporting about a wealthy Jehovah's Witness Family originally from Perth, Scotland, who had constructed and operated a swanky "$49,000.00 per month" mental health and substance abuse treatment center in Seymour, Tennessee, named Brookhaven Retreat.
The Dawes Family -- Jacqueline Ann Dawes, age 60, and her son, Jonathan Mark Dawes, age 37 -- constructed the treatment facility around 2005. Brookhaven was closed in March 2019 -- reportedly leaving unpaid employees scrambling to pay their own bills, and sending five patients in mid treatment back home to deal with their unresolved mental health and substance abuse issues. WBIR reports that the Dawes Family owes the IRS $4.2 million in unpaid income taxes from the operation of Brookhaven. Pinnacle Bank reportedly received only $3.56 million after foreclosing on the Dawes Family home on which was still owed $4.8 million.
In May 2019, 21 former employees filed a lawsuit to recover their unpaid wages. However, the plaintiffs haven't been able to verify that they have served Jacqueline Dawes with legal papers because Jacqueline Dawes can't be located. The Dawes Family -- possibly now including father, Alan Kenneth Dawes, age 70 -- has been labeled as "elusive". That is until last week, when WBIR reported that Jacqueline Dawes might be living at WATCHTOWER FARMS in Wallkill, New York. Legal paperwork pertaining to Brookhaven has been accepted and signed for by someone at WATCHTOWER FARMS. However, a quick online search discloses that it is not Jacqueline A. Dawes who resides at WATCHTOWER FARMS, but rather her son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan Mark Dawes and Chloe Danielle Dawes -- both previous residents of Tennessee.
The Dawes family reportedly immigrated from Scotland to the Delray Beach, Florida area around 1998-99, shortly after the well publicized death of their teenage daughter due to a drug overdose. There are multiple media reports relating to proposed real estate development projects in Florida prior to the family relocating to Tennessee shortly thereafter in the early 2000s.
CAMPBELL ET AL v. BROOKHAVEN RETREAT LLC ET AL (2016) -- a previous employee lawsuit which was reportedly settled for around $175,000.00, but reportedly never paid.
RONALD CURTIS v. BROOKHAVEN LLC (2017) -- only one of multiple lawsuits filed by paid-ahead patients seeking a refund after closing.
BAILEY CLEMMONS v. GUILFORD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE ET AL was a 2016-17 North Carolina federal court case in which a mid-20s female African-American Jehovah's Witness college student sued her college because ... well you have to read below to believe it.
Bailey Clemmons was enrolled in the Dental Assisting program at Guilford Technical Community College. On or about September 15, 2015, Bailey Clemmons was walking her dog, Penelope, near her home in Durham, North Carolina, when her dog was struck and killed by a car.
Thereafter, Bailey Clemmons sent a text message to her instructor, Sherry Shook, explaining: "Good morning, Mrs. Shook. This is Bailey. I won't be in class today. My sister died in a car accident this morning." Clemmons also sent a similar text to one of her classmates.
Sherry Shook personally contacted Bailey Clemmons that evening to offer her condolences. Clemmons thanked Shook for her consolation, responding, "It is not easy. Life is different now at home."
Clemmons missed the next two days of classes. As gestures of sympathy, Clemmons's classmates purchased a card and collected nearly $200.00 in honor of Bailey's deceased sister.
GTCC's Dental Assisting department chair emailed her condolences, and assured Clemmons that Clemmon's situation "certainly qualifies as an extenuating circumstance, so you will not be penalized for absences during this time. ... Stay with your family." Clemmons replied that she was in the process of making funeral arrangements.
Clemmons also reported to her instructors that there was going to be a memorial service for her sister at a local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on September 18, 2015, and that she would be taking a few days off for "mental mollification". Clemmons also spoke to an administrative assistant in the Dental Assisting department and informed her that she had two sisters, Madison and Penelope, and that Penelope was the sister who died.
Clemmons quickly was reaching the maximum number of allowable absences without incurring an academic penalty. On multiple occasions, both Instructor Shook and the Director of the dental program inquired about an obituary and requested that Clemmons bring one to GTCC officials so that her absences could be excused. Clemmons agreed to do so.
About ten days into the charade, GTCC faculty discovered through Facebook that Penelope was not Clemmons's sister, but her dog. The Director of the dental program then filed a formal complaint charging that Bailey Clemmons had violated GTCC's Student Conduct Policy.
On October 2, 2015, GTCC's Chief Disciplinary Officer informed Clemmons of the claims against her and that he would be investigating. The CDO explained that Clemmons was alleged to have violated two provisions of the GTCC Student Conduct Policy: (1) forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records, or instruments of identification providing false information to the college, and (2) violation of local, state, or federal criminal law on college premises.
Clemmons emailed the CDO on October 6, 2015, writing that she took full responsibility for the "miscommunication". The CDO and Clemmons met on October 7, when the CDO informed Clemmons that she was accused of providing false information to GTCC, stating falsely that her sister had died in a car accident. After that meeting, on October 23, the CDO determined that Clemmons had violated the Student Conduct Policy by providing false information to a college official, and placed Clemmons on restricted probation for four semesters.
On October 26, 2015, Clemmons appealed the CDO's decision to the GTCC Review Committee. A hearing for her appeal was set for November 3. Before the hearing, the CDO emailed Clemmons to inform her of the witnesses that GTCC officials would call, plus information concerning her rights during the hearing, including the right to have counsel present, the right to call witnesses, the right to present evidence, and the right to testify or refuse to testify. Clemmons also had the right to appeal the Review Committee's decision, but only for two grounds: (1) the severity of the penalty, or (2) an alleged violation of GTCC's procedures during the hearing or investigation. The CDO's email also explained that the Review Committee would determine appropriate sanctions, which would not be limited to those imposed by the CDO.
At the hearing, faculty and students testified that Clemmons told them that her 10 year-old sister had been killed. Faculty witnesses also expressed concerns about whether Clemmons could be trusted, especially during clinic rotations.
At the hearing, Clemmons discussed the service held for her dog at a (unknown) local place of worship. However, on November 9, when asked about that service, Clemmons stated that there was no service; instead, a few individuals had convened to comfort her. Clemmons later argued that her hearing testimony was another "miscommunication". The Review Committee voted to suspend Clemmons until the fall 2016 semester. The Review Committee also mandated that Clemmons complete ethics training before re-enrolling.
Clemmons again appealed her decision to the Vice President of Student Support Services. That VP affirmed the Review Committee's decision, finding no violation of GTCC's procedures during the hearing or investigation and concluding that the sanction imposed was appropriate. Because Clemmons was suspended and could not complete her coursework, GTCC gave her failing grades for her incomplete courses.
In February 2016, Clemmons filed this lawsuit in state court against GTCC, which properly removed the case to federal court. Clemmons sought reversal and expungement of her long-term suspension, alteration of her failing grades to incomplete grades, a refund of any tuition paid to GTCC by or on her behalf, an injunction, and attorneys' fees. In July 2017, the USDC summarily DISMISSED all of Clemmons federal claims and remanded the case back to state court for whatever the state court wished to do with such. Outcome unknown.
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE v. KENNETH WAYNE STEJSKAL SR. ET AL was a 2005 United States Tax Court decision. Kenneth W. Stejskal Sr. was a Jehovah's Witness Minister living in Hutchinson, Kansas, who during the early 1970s began to practice homeopathy, reflexology, iridology, etc. Later, in the 1980s-1990s, Ken Stejskal added the multi-level marketing (MLM) of various purported health products to his business operations. Among the MLM companies represented by Kenny Stejskal were Noni International and Nature's Sunshine, which both eventually had large numbers of distributors who were Jehovah's Witnesses. (Readers should not confuse JW Minister Ken Stejskal, of Kansas, with JW Minister Ken Roland, then of neighboring Oklahoma, who was Noni's first and largest distributor for many years.)
Affiliated entities included: Stejskal's Herb Shop, Stejskal Enterprises, Inc., Stejskal Enterprises Trust, Bio-Active Kansas Trust, Country Rose Holding Trust, and Total Health Center Trust. Around 1995, family members living in Texas opened an affiliated business in Corpus Christi. Kenny Stejskal Sr. retired in 1999, but retained ownership of the businesses. Ken Stejskal thereafter relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas. An online 2013 report still shows two "Stejskals" as being top Noni distributors.
In 2005, for tax year 1999 only, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that Stejskal owed additional taxes of $181,163.85, plus penalties of $241,551.80.
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE v. KENNETH WAYNE STEJSKAL SR. ET AL was a 2006 United States Tax Court case which related to tax years 2000 and 2001. For 2000, the IRS determined additional taxes in the amount of $106,252.00 , plus penalties of $21,250.40. For 2001, the IRS determined additional taxes in the amount of $443,939.00, plus penalties of $88,787.80. Outcome unknown.
How in the world could a Jehovah's Witnesses owned-operated MLM Vitamin - Herbals business generate that much annual income? Here is a publicly posted summary of a telephone conversation with "Dr." Kenneth Stejskal, which reportedly occurred in 1998 (emphasis ours):
8-11-98 Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Stejskal, Clinic in Hutchison, Kansas -- Homeopathic, Holistic
Hello Everyone ... Something great to share with you! Hope you are as excited about what we've found in Noni as we are! While in Colorado I heard from another Noni distributor that this doctor, Dr. Kenneth Stejskal, has a clinic and he is giving patients Noni and Hoa 1 and 2. Their bodies, because of being cleansed of toxins and fed the right nutrients, are working at full capacity and have eliminated cancer, Alzheimers, diabetes, and all types of physical ailments from them! Patients have returned to him with the news that they've rid their bodies of breast tumors in 10 days, brain tumors that were inoperable in 30 days using a bottle of Noni everyday - cat scans showed no sign of a tumor.
When a patient comes to him he attacks the root cause of the ailment with detoxifiers (found in Noni). He says the ailment doesn't start on its own - it's either chemical imbalance or heavy metal. Once detoxified and the immune system is restored, the body will take care of the problem.
Dr. Stejskal worked with Gilbert Nordan this last year using Noni and Noni Hoa and two weeks ago Gilbert got a clean bill of health from the hospital - No HIV!!! Dr. Stejskal says his cancer patients use a bottle a day for 4 days, then another bottle for 4 days, then 8 oz. a day plus Noni Hoa until they get a clean bill of health. Average has been in 21 days for his patients.
He says chemotherapy is very bad for our bodies. He has been in cancer research since 1975 and has associated with over 2,000 doctors worldwide.
Since 1972 he has treated 19,000 plus different types of illness.
Since 1987 when he began treating terminally ill cancer patients (people sent home to die) he's treated around 8,000 terminally ill and only lost 64 patients!
He was written up in a medical journal as one of the top 5 diagnostic doctors in the world. He says it's not that he is (so great) he just uses the "horse sense" he grew up with on the farm. He was very helpful and very concerned throughout our conversation, which I might add was on his phone bill and more than an hour long. How many doctors spend that much time with a stranger when they have nothing to gain????
Getting back to Dr. Stejskal saying chemotherapy is bad for our bodies, he says the two doctors that invented chemotherapy were using a micro amount, just enough to make the body respond to it so the body would kick up the immune system to fight the chemo and that would trigger a response big enough to overcome the problem. The AMA came in and told them they have to use massive doses to make sure the cancer wouldn't return. The doctors told the AMA that is dangerous but they wouldn't listen and even threatened to take their licenses unless they used massive doses so, the inventors of chemotherapy don't use it because they don't want to be blood guilty.
Now, tens of thousands are dying, not from the cancer, but from pneumonia caused by their immune system weakened by chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes different things to happen to the body according to how much the doctor is administering and how the body reacts to the toxins. People lose their hair and become very sick because their bodies are working extremely hard to clean out the chemicals. That's why it's necessary to get people on Noni and Noni Hoa, to help them overcome the effects of chemotherapy.
Dr. Stejskal talked about getting diabetics off insulin in 3 weeks. They take 1 ounce daily for one week, 2 ounces daily for one week, 3 ounces daily for one week (but necessary to adjust according to sugar level; it must be monitored while on Noni).
Alcoholics and smokers quit with Noni and Noni Hoa. He says their bodies are lacking some important chemicals or element so they crave drugs and using the complete system compensates for the missing components.
He also said to be careful with depressed people on pain killers, adding Noni could cause them mental problems, (presumably because it enhances other medications)! Also, people on a lot of drugs, prescriptions and others, will release a lot of toxic chemicals from the liver that have built up and these can dump out and sedate the colon, causing constipation. He says just use an herbal laxative and drink lots of water.
He ended the call with if we need help and he's not too busy he will help all he can. He's so busy he's not taking new patients so I feel privileged to have had this informative conversation with such a special doctor! I hope you enjoyed this letter. I can't wait to do great things with you as a team!
Geno and Barb Blagg
FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL v. ROBERT SIMON OESTERLUND, SARAH LOUISE PURSGLOVE, SUNPLUS CREDIT, INC. DBA NATIONAL BANKCARDS, and CREDIT-KEY EXPRESS, INC. was a 1999-2000 Florida lawsuit filed against a U.S. resident Finnish citizen named Robert S. Oesterlund and his British citizen wife, Sarah L. Pursglove. (HOW TO HIDE $400 MILLION, New York Times, 2016) Born in Finland in 1972, Robert Oesterlund reportedly was reared in a Jehovah's Witness Family. Oesterlund and Pursglove met on a cruise in 1995, and thereafter established a direct mail marketing business in Sweden. Soon thereafter, in 1996, the couple relocated to California, where they started an online business called, SLP EXPRESSCREDIT, INC. Soon thereafter, in 1997, the couple relocated from California to Florida and started the first of reportedly 40 online businesses.
In 1999, Florida's Attorney General filed a complaint against Oesterlund and his businesses for violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. It alleged that the defendants engaged in the business of advertising and promoting the ability of consumers, many of whom had bad credit, to obtain a credit card for a FEE ranging from $29.00 to $89.00. It further alleged that the defendants misled consumers into believing they would receive a pre-approved credit card, and then provided them, instead, with a list of banks to apply to for credit. Simultaneous with the complaint, the Attorney General filed a motion for temporary injunction without notice. The district court granted the temporary injunction without notice, and without requiring the Attorney General to post a bond. It barred the defendants from contacting or selling such services or products to Florida consumers. The order also froze all bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, surety bonds, and other investment accounts of the individual and corporate defendants until further order. The next day, the temporary injunction was modified by agreed order which released certain accounts from the injunction. On defendants' appeal, the Florida Court of Appeals affirmed in February 2000.
ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN 26 STATES v. DIRECTORY BILLING LLC was a 2007-08 multi-state lawsuit brought by Attorneys General in 26 states against Directory Billing LLC, which did business as USDirectory.com, of Boca Raton, Florida. Neither Oseterlund's nor Pursglove's name appear in legal records pertaining to Directory Billing LLC, but Directory Billing LLC's address and telephone numbers were shared with other Oesterlund businesses. Also, Oesterlund employee, Frederick Mcowen Middleton, was the Managing Partner of this limited liability company. The lawsuits alleged that Directory Billing LLC misled small businesses into signing up for yellow pages listings by using "activation checks". The suit claimed that Directory Billing LLC mailed checks in small amounts, usually $3.25, to small businesses, which contained legal disclosures printed too small to be noticed. Upon cashing the checks, the businesses were automatically enrolled in a yellow pages ad service and charged between $30.00 and $50.00 a month, which were either directly deducted from their bank accounts or added to their monthly telephone bills. All 26 lawsuits were settled for a total of only $400,000.00. Directory Billing LLC agreed to stop using checks to market its services and send letters to all current customers giving them a chance to cancel service and get a partial refund.
FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL v. SMART SAVINGS CENTER, LLC; RSOP HOLDINGS LLC; RSOP HOLDINGS DELAWARE LLC; XACTI LLC; XACTI GLOBAL, LLC; REBATEGIANT.COM, LLC; DISCOUNT MOVIE SALE LLC; DISCOUNTPOSTERSALE.COM LLC; DISCOUNT BOOK SALE, LLC; BESTBRANDVALUES.COM LLC;SMARTSAVINGSCENTERCOM LLC; HOTBOOKSALE.COM LLC; HOTMOVIESALE.COM LLC; BEST BUYER DISCOUNTS, LLC; ROYALARCADE.COM, LLC; and NUVACEUTICAL LLC was a 2010 settlement agreement with the FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL promising to abstain from deceptive marketing practices and pay $7,000.00.
FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL v. SMART SAVINGS CENTER, LLC; RSOP HOLDINGS LLC; RSOP HOLDINGS DELAWARE LLC; XACTI LLC; XACTI GLOBAL, LLC; REBATEGIANT.COM, LLC; DISCOUNT MOVIE SALE LLC; DISCOUNTPOSTERSALE.COM LLC; DISCOUNT BOOK SALE, LLC; BESTBRANDVALUES.COM LLC; SMARTSAVINGSCENTERCOM LLC; HOTBOOKSALE.COM LLC; HOTMOVIESALE.COM LLC; BEST BUYER DISCOUNTS, LLC; ROYALARCADE.COM, LLC; and NUVACEUTICAL LLC was a 2013 settlement agreement with the ATTORNEY GENERAL OF FLORIDA promising to abstain from deceptive marketing practices and pay $500,000.00.
IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL v. ROBERT OESTELUND ET AL was a 2012-13 settlement agreement with theIOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL promising to abstain from deceptive marketing practices and pay nearly $135,000.00.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE v. ROBERT OESTERLUND, FREDERICK M. MIDDLETON, ET ALwas a 2013 settlement with Oregon DOJ in which Oseterlund and his businesses agreed to refund more than $252,000.00 in membership fees it improperly charged 5,233 Oregonians since 2008, and pay $300,000.00 to the Department of Justice. Best Brand Values and a host of related companies sold heavily discounted books, movies and other goods on the internet. During the course of these transactions, often when customers clicked on a blinking "free shipping" icon, they were automatically enrolled in a shopping club. Afterward, the company electronically billed the credit, debit card or bank account $10.00-$20.00 a month. Best Brand Values and several affiliate companies do business in Oregon through the following websites: BestBrandValues.com, SmartSavingsCenter.com, Nuvalife.com, DiscountBookSale.com, Discount MovieSale.com, DiscountPosterSale.com, TopMusicZone.com, HotBookSale.com, HotMovieSale.com and SmartGameShopper.com.
FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL v. SMART SAVINGS CENTER was a 2015-16 Florida court case in which Smart Savings Center LLC was held in civil contempt of court for willfully, intentionally, and in bad faith refusing to comply with court orders to produce documents, computer records, emails, etc.
AS SEEN ON "AMERICAN PICKERS"
Marty Wheeler Stevens, his wife Lois Ann (Conn) Stevens, and their only child, Michael Lee Stevens, own LYING LEE'S USED CARS, which has two sales locations in Morehead, Kentucky and Ashland, Kentucky. The Ashland location of LYING LEE'S is managed by a "brother" of Lois Stevens, named Darrell Wayne CONN, who allegedly at that time was an Elder/MS at the Olive Hill, Kentucky Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
In July 2013, dozens of law enforcement officers with the FBI, IRS, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police, and the Rowan County Sheriff's Department, plus private agents of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), armed with search warrants, swarmed two residential and three business properties owned or occupied by Marty Stevens, Lois Stevens, and Michael Stevens. Business records, miscellaneous personal property, and several alleged stolen or improperly documented vehicles were confiscated from the two LYING LEE'S USED CARS sales lots. Outcome unknown.
KENTUCKY v. MARTY W. STEVENS. Marty W. Stevens, then age 57, of Morehead, Kentucky, had previously been arrested and indicted in 2012 and earlier in 2013 on charges of Theft by Deception -- Over $10,000.00 and Receiving Stolen Property -- Over $10,000.00. Outcome unknown.
KENTUCKY v. DARRELL WAYNE CONN. Darrell W. Conn, then age 49, of Olive Hill, Kentucky, was arrested at the Ashland LYING LEE'S sales location on the day of the raid for allegedly possessing a stolen firearm, and Darrell Conn was formally charged with RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY -- FIREARM. Outcome unknown.
Michael Lee Stevens, age 39, of Morehead, Kentucky, died at home in August 2015 of a "suspected" drug overdose. Michael Stevens received a "funeral home funeral" conducted by an "out-of-town" Jehovah's Witness Elder from the nearby Olive Hill Kentucky Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, named Markus Giese.
KENTUCKY v. MICHAEL LEE STEVENS was a JUNE 2015 arrest for PUBLIC INTOXICATION - DRUGS.
KENTUCKY v. MICHAEL LEE STEVENS was a NOVEMBER 2014 arrest for PUBLIC INTOXICATION and DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
KENTUCKY v. MICHAEL LEE STEVENS was a APRIL 2013 arrest for DUI, NO INSURANCE, and LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT.
NOTES ON "AMERICAN PICKERS" SEGMENT
Marty Stevens was "picked" by Mike and Frank at his Morehead, Kentucky LYING LEE'S USED CARS location in Fall 2012 -- about 9 months before the aforementioned "bust". We paid little attention to this short segment when it was originally aired in 2013, but when the re-run unexpectedly popped up in June 2016, we paid much closer attention because of the by-then known "Jehovah's Witness" connection. We still missed how Mike and Frank got this "lead", but the now widely known FACT that Danielle Colby was reared as one of Jehovah's Witnesses makes us somewhat "suspicious" that there was a JW connection somewhere in the fact that Mike and Frank wound up picking this isolated eastern Kentucky used car lot back in 2012.
Then, at the very end of the edited segment, as Mike and Frank were leaving LYING LEE'S, Mike Wolfe shook the hand of Marty Stevens, and stated (paraphrased), "It sure was nice to meet a 'BROTHER IN JUNK'." Maybe such was just a coincidental choice of verbiage, or maybe there is more than has been told regarding Danielle Colby's and Mike Wolfe's pre-APrelationship, and maybe Danielle Colby is not the only AP cast member (or production employee) who has past or current ties to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Noted that Danielle's JW Mother has appeared one or more times on AP.
In latter December 2016, Marty Stevens, his employed brother-in-law, Darrell Conn, and relative/employee Randall Conn, were finally indicted on a combined 14 alleged criminal charges. Local police reportedly alleged that the Stevens' and Conns' businesses were a "front" for a "chop shop" operation.
KENTUCKY v. MARTY WHEELER STEVENS. Marty W. Stevens, age 61, of Morehead, Kentucky, was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Firearm, Trafficking in Stolen Vehicles or Parts, Obscuring the Identity of a Machine, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, and second degree Forgery. Outcome pending.
KENTUCKY v. DARRELL WAYNE CONN. Darrell Conn, age 53, of Olive Hill. Kentucky, was indicted on charges of Receiving Stolen Firearm, Obscuring the Identity of a Machine, and second degree Forgery. Outcome pending.
KENTUCKY v. RANDALL CONN. Employee/relative Randall Conn, age 65, of Olive Hill, Kentucky, was indicted on four counts of second degree Forgery. Outcome pending.
Tipster reports that, back around 1970, the WatchTower Society's most prominent ELDER (then "Congregation Servant")living in the greater Lexington, Kentucky area was arrested during a multi-state federal investigation of automobile thefts and "chop shops". ELDER, his regular pioneer wife, and two daughters reportedly were THE most prominent JW Family in their Circuit -- one or more always having parts on the then two annual Circuit Assemblies, and occasionally having parts on the summer WatchTower District Conventions. Prominent Elder was disfellowshipped due to adverse media publicity, and made to wait approximately three years before reinstatement. Tipster reports that ELDER received ZERO prison time, and believes that such was due to ELDER's testifying against his fellow co-conspirators. Tipster further reports something even more interesting, which evidences what type "character" was had by this PROMINENT ELDER. Tipster claims that after ELDER's illegal auto body repair business operations were shut down that ELDER went to work for one of ELDER's co-conspirators in this same scheme whom had somehow escaped being caught up in the FBI's net. Tipster further claims that after ELDER was reinstated, and after all the prosecutions were over, that ELDER then relocated his JW Family to another state, where he started yet another auto body repair business. Tipster claims that the two daughters, now in their mid-60s, both married into JW Families living in the eastern-central Kentucky area, and returned to live in Kentucky during the 1970s. Anyone know these JWs???
KENTUCKY v. IRVIN THOMAS WILSON JUNIOR and JO ANN WILSON was a 1983 Kentucky prosecution of a Jehovah's Witness Couple named Irvin T. Thomas Jr, age 22, and his wife, Jo Ann Wilson, age 21, of New Albany, Indiana, who owned and operated A-1 PET CITY across the river in Louisville, Kentucky. The Wilsons were indicted on charges of THEFT BY DECEPTION -- six counts against Irvin Thomas, and five counts against Jo Ann Wilson. Allegedly, between June 1982 and February 1983, the Wilsons had defrauded seven Louisville-area banks and savings and loan institutions by depositing worthless business and personal checks, and then withdrawing cash before the banks learned that the checks the Wilsons had deposited were worthless. Outcome unknown.
UNITED STATES v. IRVIN THOMAS WILSON JUNIOR was a 1990-92 Indiana federal COUNTERFEITING prosecution which involved a family of Jehovah's Witnesses living in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In September 1990, the SECRET SERVICE began investigating the distribution of counterfeit $20.00 bills in the greater Lousiville, Kentucky area, which included the southern Indiana cities of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany. The Secret Service quickly arrested a southern Indiana resident named Frederick E. Adkins while he was passing the phony money in Kentucky. Adkins had $80,000.00 of counterfeit $20.00 bills in his possession. Adkins quickly explained that he was getting the counterfeit $20.00 bills from Irvin Thomas Wilson, Junior, and quickly cut a deal to help the Secret Service to catch Wilson. During the next few days, Adkins obtained secret audio recordings of his dealings with Wilson, as well as additional samples.
An unidentified THIRD informant told the Secret Service that Wilson was going to remove or destroy evidence which was located at Wilson's Jeffersonville, Indiana, pet store called PET PARADISE, which was actually owned by his Jehovah's Witness Parents, but operated by Junior. So, on a Sunday morning in mid-October 1990, at around 4:00 A.M., agents from both theSECRET SERVICE and the FBI surrounded PET PARADISE and waited on Junior to arrive. When Junior arrived, the agents identified themselves, but Junior attempted to flee. Junior struck with his automobile an FBI automobile which contained at least one FBI Agent, and thereafter struck a Secret Service Agent on foot. The agents opened fire on Junior, and he was struck by bullets in both shoulders, his neck, and his left hand. Junior was transported to Humana Hospital in Louisville, where Junior refused to consent to a blood transfusion. Poor Junior then had to be transported to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, which was capable of providing this devout Jehovah's Witness with "no-blood" medical procedures. On that Sunday morning, the SECRET SERVICE discovered $17,000.00 in counterfeit $20.00 bills inside PET PARADISE. The Secret Service returned to PET PARADISE three days later and confiscated a color copier and a cartridge of green ink hidden in the drop ceiling.
In 1991, Irvin T. Wilson, then age 30, went to trial and was convicted of conspiring to counterfeit currency and assaulting federal officers. Wilson was sentenced to a mere 78 months in prison -- followed by a three-year term of supervised release. All appeals denied.
PET PARADISE INC. ET AL v. USDA was a somewhat related 1991-95 Indiana federal court case which involved the pet store and the Jehovah's Witness Parents discussed above. This case somewhat explains what kind of people were these Jehovah's Witnesses -- parents and child -- particularly their financial honesty/dishonesty. This 1995 case arose out of the USDA's 1989 suspension of PET PARADISE'S exotic animals license issued by the USDA, as well as the accompanying $5000.00 fine. The fine and the suspension were the result of the "two-year history of repeated and grave violations, willful refusal to correct the violations and meet the applicable standards, and a general absence of good faith demonstrated by repeatedly ignoring warnings after numerous inspections."
Irvin Thomas Wilson SENIOR blamed everything on his incarcerated son, whom Senior claimed was merely a "tenant" at the store. In fact, it was Senior who had applied for the exotic animals license from the USDA, and the license was issued to him as an individual. (Does anyone else get the feeling that Senior and Junior had been interchanging names and identities over the years???) Interestingly, in 1989, this business which specialized in exotic animals such as African lions, Bengal tigers, black bears, monkeys, porcupines and prairie dogs, only reported $11,468.00 GROSS SALES to the USDA despite the fact that USDA classified this business as "moderate" in size.
ELLEY v. BLACK HILLS POWER was a 2004-05 South Dakota court case in which landowners sued their local utility company for damages to their trees caused by improper/excessive tree trimming done by the utility company's tree-trimming subcontractor, WILLSON'S TREE SERVICE, INC., of Spearfish, South Dakota, which is owned and operated by a Jehovah's Witness Elder named Jack H. Willson, of the Spearfish South Dakota Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. In July 2004, BHP served a Third Party Complaint against Willson's Tree Service, Inc. for contribution and/or indemnification. Outcome unknown.
Unrelated to that lawsuit is a confident competitor's webpage which alleges that Willson's Tree Service, Inc. has repeatedly"misleadingly" advertised that it employs "certified professional arborists", and that "Willson's false claims of 'certified arborist' have been the cause of actions brought against him by the International Society of Arboriculture. That webpage also contains supposed evidence of Willson's Tree Service allegedly having damaged customer's trees.
UNITED STATES v. JERRY ELO IKOGHO ET AL is an ongoing 2019-20 California federal criminal prosecution of a large Nigerian "mafia family" which has been scamming and stealing from American citizens, banks, and other businesses for a decade. In August 2019, a 262-count federal grand jury indictment was unsealed charging 80 Nigerians living in the United States, Nigeria, and elsewhere with defrauding victims out of $10 million, or more. Considered one of the ringleaders, Jerry Ikogho was arrested in Masschusetts and charged with International Money Laundering.
Readers likely are familiar with the phony business propositions which have flooded email accounts for years, as well as the phony romance scams such as the one above. Scammers have moved on to more sophisticated scams in which business email accounts are hacked allowing the scammers to familiarize themselves with business personel, responsibilities, and activities, which further allows the scammers to convince business personel to wire to them large sums of money as payment for supposed goods and/or services. Business Email Compromise (BEC) is now amounting to nearly $2 BILLION annually.
Appearing third on the list of scammers is naturalized U.S. Citizen Jerry Elo Ikogho, age 30s, who is known to have been reared in a prominent Nigerian Jehovah's Witness Family. Jerry Ikogho allegedly was visited in 2019 at his California home by one of his Jehovah's Witness childhood friends who is now a high Nigerian government official.
However, the rats have hid in their holes, and just as with many similar instances in the past, active JWs likely have warned inactive family members to keep quiet about past WatchTower Cult ties if they wish to ever again have a relationship with them. One can only wonder how many members of this Nigerian "mafia family" were trained as children to LIE and DECEIVE, while "looking people straight in their eyes", while offering WatchTower Cult literature to strangers at their homes.
In the mid-1990s, an "artist" hired a 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness to provide "value-added" services to much of that artist's unsold intellectual property so that "art" could be profitably marketed. That project ended up being a several years' long process during which the artist died. The artist's family and other heirs were reportedly unaware of the business arrangement with the JW, and had no clue to where the "art" had disappeared. Knowing such, 3GJW did not return the artist's property to the estate. Allegedly, within only a few years after the death of the artist, 3GJW began to market as their own creation the "value-added" form of the better quality property, and later, even the lesser quality property in its essentially original form.
ANA M. FRANCIS v. UNITED AIRLINES was a 2012-14 Colorado federal employment discrimination lawsuit brought by an African-Hispanic female Jehovah's Witness named Ana M. Francis, of Aurora, Colorado, after she was terminated from her position as a flight attendant for stealing food and drink from an airplane. Ana Francis began working for United Airlines in 1995. On June 6, 2011, Ana Francis, then age 56, was assigned as a standby flight attendant at Denver International Airport. While awaiting an assignment, Francis was videotaped waiting for an airplane which had just arrived to empty of passengers and crew, and then entering that empty airplane to which she was not assigned. Francis took a chicken wrap, a salad, and a bottle of water from that plane's galley, and exited the airplane. While still aboard the airplane, Francis was discovered by another UAL employee who reported her presence on the plane. The following investigation led to Francis being placed on administrative leave the following day, and terminated in July 2011. In February 2012, Ana M. Francis filed a federal lawsuit alleging racial, gender, and age discrimination. In August 2014, the USDC granted summary judgment for United Airlines.
Amusingly, the USDC footnoted that it had received a personal letter from Francis one week before it had released its already reached decision, in which Francis attempted to sway the court's decision by once again relating her version of events, PLUS relating to the court that SHE IS A JEHOVAH'S WITNESS. Francis apparently believes the WatchTower Society's propaganda that "the world" holds "Jehovah's Witnesses" in higher esteem for their beliefs and practices of "honesty" than just regular folks. The USDC further noted that it had disregarded the contents of Francis' ex parte letter.
CROWN v. SAM TREE and CROWN v. JOAN TREE were 2012-14 British criminal court cases involving two of multiple individuals in the United States and Great Britain prosecuted and/or convicted for operating pretty much the same INTERNATIONAL FRAUD SCAM of manufacturing and selling fake, useless Detection Devices advertised and sold to mainly law enforcement and military customers across the world for MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. The scam originated in the United States, but after being shut down by the U.S. government, it was brought to England by Samuel Tree in the mid 1990s. There, the scam widened as Sam Tree "franchised" the scam to others -- possibly including individuals who also may have had connections to the WatchTower Society or the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Arrested in 2012, the Trees were prosecuted separately from four of their "franchisees" (three convicted and one not), and were themselves convicted in July 2014. In October 2014, Sam Tree, age 68, was sentenced to 42 months in prison. Joan Tree, age 62, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, but her sentence was "suspended", and she was ordered to perform "community service".
The numerous different models of these fake Detection Devices were generally manufactured by the scammers themselves. The fake Detection Devices generally consisted of a small metal or plastic box with a handle and small "rabbit ears" television antenna attached to the top of the box. Some boxes opened and others had a slot in which a piece of "programmed" paper could be inserted inside the otherwise empty box, which had no interior parts nor power source. The boxes supposedly were powered by "static electricity" generated by the operator. The boxes generally cost only $10.00-$20.00 to manufacture, but were sold for hundreds and even thousands of dollars each. Interestingly, prosecution of the scammers was hampered by the fact that some of the lesser intelligent scammers may have genuinely been convinced that the devices actually worked -- similar to the way a"Water Witch" uses a "dowsing rod" to locate water.
The WatchTower Society's "Quick-Build" Kingdom Halls were an only slightly less "slight-of-hand" publicity scam. For decades, millions of people across the planet, including Jehovah's Witnesses, were "conned" into believing that the WatchTower Society's Regional Building Committees were able to construct Kingdom Halls during a single weekend. Actually, much of the ground level work was performed weeks and months in advance, with the walls, roof sections, and interior components pre-staged for erection and installation in two days. Many of those 2-day "Quick Build" LEMONS were poorly constructed and later experienced mold, mildew, and other problems. Over the past decade, many of those LEMONS have been quietly sold off to unwitting buyers.
Europe's first "quick-build" Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses was recently constructed in Northampton, England. Laboring round the clock, Witness work crews, made up of more than 500 volunteers, turned a foundation in an open field into a completed building in three and a half days. Is speed of construction the Witnesses' main objective? "The aim," says local elder Sam Tree as quoted in Northampton's Chronicle and Echo, "was to get the building work out of the way as soon as possible so that we could get on with our preaching work." -- AWAKE! 12/22/83, p29.
During the 1930s to 1960s, the ESTEP family of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, were at times either the only or the main family of Jehovah's Witnesses living in Laurel County, Kentucky. Typical of many multi-generation families of Jehovah's Witnesses, fewer and fewer members of the ESTEP family chose to remain inside the WatchTower Cult as the decades wore on.
The various media reports state that John R. Handley is actually a former TV repair man who currently owns J.H. Cleaning Service. One media article includes comments from John Handley in which Handley acknowledges his "Jehovah's Witness" ties(but not that he was an "JW Elder"), and seems to indicate that he was reared in a Jehovah's Witness family. Although the Mayor has publicly distanced herself from Handley, the mayor's political opponents have asked local law enforcement to investigate whether Handley should be charged with any criminal offences.
Older internet postings from an anonymous poster with claimed Jehovah's Witness ties allege that John R. Handley owes them MONEY, but has refused to pay.
DISCOVER BANK v. KEVIN C. TEPPO was a 2009 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
CAPITAL ONE BANK USA NA v. KEVIN C. TEPPO was a 2008 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
SUMMIT CREDIT UNION v. KEVIN C. TEPPO, RACHAEL L. TEPPO, ET AL, was a 2008 mortgage foreclosure civil lawsuit on a property located in Columbus, Wisconsin.
ANCHORBANK FSB v. KEVIN C. TEPPO was a 2008 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA) NA v. KEVIN C. TEPPO was a 2008 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
M&I MARSHALL &ILSLEY BANK v. KEVIN C. TEPPO, RACHAEL L. TEPPO, ET AL was a 2007 mortgage foreclosure civil lawsuit on a property located in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
SUN PRAIRIE CONCRETE INC v. TEPPO PROPERTIES I LLC was a 2007 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
ABC SUPPLY CO INC v. YOUR TRUSTED CHOICE LLC, KEVIN C. TEPPO, ET AL was a 2007 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
PETER GARCIA ET AL v. KEVIN CHARLES TEPPO was a 2007 Wisconsin civl lawsuit.
WB SALES, INC v. KEVIN TEPPO was a 2006 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
CAPITAL ONE BANK v. KEVIN TEPPO was a 2000 Wisconsin civil lawsuit.
MISSOURI v. DALE MITCHELL was a 1999-2000 Missouri state criminal prosecution. In January 1999, David Guthrie, then age 30, of Rombauer, Missouri, was arrested inside the East Side Car Wash, in Popular Bluff, Missouri, after he attempted to burglarize the business, but instead, trapped himself inside. Dave Guthrie proceeded to attempt to cut a deal with police by implicating as his accomplice, Dale Mitchell, then age 46, owner of Mitchell's Plumbing, in Broseley, Missouri. Guthrie revealed that Mitchell used his business activities as a plumber to "case" prospective burglary targets, and sometimes even acted as Guthrie's "lookout". Guthrie alleged that the Duo had burglarized approximately a dozen businesses and residences. In February 2000, Dale Mitchell cut a deal with the local prosecutor to plead guilty to two counts of felony burglary, and is believed to have been sentenced to a short jail term. It is publicly alleged that Dale Mitchell was a "Jehovah's Witness Elder" (Minister) at that time. David Guthrie's likely then-connection to the JWs is unknown.
Two Jehovah's Witness Contractors were hired to perform work at a small manufacturing company. A couple weeks or so after the job was completed, one of the two JWs "returned" several tools belonging to the customer, which the other JW had supposedly "mistakenly" placed in his own toolbox. Business Owner did not buy the explanation for several reasons, including the fact that the JW who supposedly picked up the tools by mistake was not the one who returned such; the tools taken were not the type tools used for the work which the JWs performed; and the tools had been stored near where the JWs were working, but not in exact same area.
A Contracting firm reports that a Jehovah's Witness Employee was caught stealing salvaged materials from that employer, and was used by that JW Employee to remodel his own home. Employer simply made the JW Employee reimburse the value of the stolen materials.
A JW Employee at a small Jehovah's Witness owned and operated appliance repair business, whose clientele was mainly the elderly and other low/fixed income persons who could not afford to purchase new appliances, struggled with his conscience after years of hearing his JW co-workers coyly related with a smile how, "Jehovah always provides", whenever the JW Repairmen had extra personal expenses pop up, such as having to travel out-of-town to give the public talk at another congregation, or attend a WatchTower convention. By the day such expenses were needed, these JW Repairmen always had "miraculously" somehow managed to encounter the exact amount of repairs that day or that week needed to pay their extra bills. Employee related one particularly bothersome incident that occurred one Friday afternoon when one of his JW co-workers came back to the shop and announced without embarrassment that he had been forced to charge an elderly female customer for a service that was included in the flat service fee, so that he would have enough money to attend the out-of-town JW Circuit Assembly that weekend. "Jehovah had provided."
A Jehovah's Witness Female who worked as a restaurant "server" was fired when the employer allegedly caught the JW stealing tips. The specifics are unclear, but the presumably more-honest Jehovah's Witness server had apparently been assigned to divide up the restaurant's tips amongst the various employees at the end of each shift. At some point, the JW's co-workers became suspicious that the JW was taking more than their share. The JW was interrogated by the manager, who thereafter decided the co-workers were correct. Manager was sufficiently certain to make the termination. JW Female maintained that a mistake might have occurred, but if such did happen, such was unintentional. Employer heard nothing more from JW after her termination.
"THE NEW PHONE BOOKS ARE HERE!!!" - "THE NEW PHONE BOOKS ARE HERE!!!" No, that's not Steve Martin's famous line from his 1970s movie, "The Jerk". That was what I used to repeatedly hear cronically unemployed Jehovah's Witness Pioneers announcing every year at the Kingdom Hall that I attended back in the 1990s. From what I recall of their annual excite-fest, once a year the local telephone company, plus the company that distributes the knock-off telephone book, hire people to deliver the new phonebooks to businesses and residences. I always assumed that meant that EVERY business and residence received two telephone books, in a plastic bag, dumped out onto their driveway or walkway.
However, according to a former Jehovah's Witness who actually used to work for the telephone company during these annual projects, things are a little more sophisticated than I had assumed. Posting on a public discussion board, that XJW stated that the delivery people were given a computer printout which listed all the homes and businesses in their delivery territory. That computer printout supposedly listed every home and/or business on each street, the names of the owners or tenants, the address, and their TELEPHONE NUMBER -- EVEN IF IT WAS "UNLISTED". The poster confessed that he used to make a photocopy of that computer printout before he turned it back into the telephone company each year. The telephone company's confidential information was then used by the local Jehovah's Witnesses in their recruitment activities -- telephoning, mailing, etc.
Since posting the above several years ago, we have received confirmations from several other persons across the United States indicating that other Jehovah's Witnesses have repeatedly photocopied these same and other similar confidential mega-listings of Employer's clients. We even received a note from one foreign country stating that a similar employer's mega-listing of clients was photocopied annually for use in field service by local JWs.
NEW JERSEY v. THEODORE LAMBERT APPLEGATE SR. was a 1980-81 New Jersey criminal prosecution for gaming cheating of Theodore L. Applegate, then age 51, a prosperous construction contractor then living in Manasquan, New Jersey. In September 1980, Theodore Applegate was arrested at Resorts International Casino Hotel for cheating at slot machines. In October 1980, Ted Applegate pled guilty to swindling and cheating at gaming, and was only fined. In December 1981, Theodore Lambert Applegate was placed on the State of New Jersey's Casino Control Commission's list of persons excluded from entering a NJ casino. Teddy Applegate retired in 1985 to a North Carolina coastal resort area to play golf and preach the WatchTower Cult gospel at the Southport, North Carolina Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses to other prosperous snowbirds.
MASSACHUSETTS v. DeSILVA is an ongoing 2009 Massachusetts criminal court case. After being on the run for three months, Joseph C. DeSilva, age 52, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, was arrested in May 2009 and extradited to Massachusetts to face charges of stealing over $75,000.00 from his current employer, Core-Mark International Inc., of Massachusetts; for whom DeSilva worked as a traveling sales representative. DeSilva was purportedly a "Ministerial Servant" at his local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
PHILIPINES v. RAFAEL DIOPITA y GUZMAN was a 1995-2000 Philipines RAPE prosecution and conviction court case of a Jehovah's Witness MINISTERIAL SERVANT, which we are cross-posting in this HONESTY-DISHONESTY section for the benefit of naive readers who believe that Jehovah's Witnesses LIE much less than do members of the general population, and who believe that Jehovah's Witnesses would never LIE in a court of law. This arrested Jehovah's WitnessMINISTERIAL SERVANT was eventually convicted of this RAPE in a court of law, and he was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON. That conviction and sentence was reviewed by the Philippines Supreme Court and affirmed.
Shortly after sundown, on Friday evening, April 14, 1995, Jehovah's Witnesses around the world -- including those living in the Philippines -- gathered for one hour to celebrate the only "holiday" celebrated by the WatchTower Cult, their annual LORD'S EVENING MEAL. This WatchTower Cult "holiday" is typically always celebrated within a few days of EASTER, which Jehovah's Witnesses condemn as being "pagan".
Two nights later, at around 9:00 P.M., on EASTER Sunday night, April 16, 1995, while walking home from work, a 24 year-old woman named Dominga Pikit-pikit was physically attacked, robbed, and then raped. After the attack, the woman went straight home, where her neighbors called the police. The victim was taken to the police station, where she gave her statement. The victim was taken to the hospital, where intercourse was confirmed. A single shoe was recovered from the crime scene within 8 hours of the attack, and it was eventually found to fit the accused. Police quickly detained 4 suspects from homes near the crime scene, and around 6:00 A.M., the next morning, the victim readily picked from a police lineup the Jehovah's WitnessMINISTERIAL SERVANT as her attacker, given that the rape had been committed outside in the light of a FULL MOON.
At the trial, the Jehovah's Witness MINISTERIAL SERVANT produced FIVE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES as "alibi witnesses" -- his wife and son, as well as 3 adult male Jehovah's Witnesses. This "coven" of five JWs all testified that they had gathered at a private home near the crime scene on that EASTER Sunday evening to conduct a "Bible Study" -- conveniently from 8:30 P.M. until midnight. The FIVE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES testified that the accused never left the home during those hours. Both the trial and appellate courts completely dismissed the false testimony of this "coven" of Jehovah's Witnesses. Here is an excerpt from that Decision of the Philippines Supreme Court -- which we GUARANTEE you will never find quoted in one of the plethora of WATCHTOWER magazine articles boasting about the superior morals and ethics of Jehovah's Witnesses:
[THE ACCUSED] tenaciously maintains that it was impossible for him to have committed the crime charged since he is a person of good moral character, holding as he does the position of "Ministerial Servant" in the congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses, and that he is a godly man, a righteous person, a responsible family man and a good Christian who preaches the word of God.
We are not impressed. The fact that accused-appellant is endowed with such qualities hardly justifies the conclusion that he is innocent of the crime charged. Similarly, his having attained the position of "Ministerial Servant" in his faith is no guarantee against any sexual perversion and plunderous proclivity on his part. Indeed, religiosity is not always an emblem of good conduct, and it is not the unreligious alone who succumbs to the impulse to rob and rape. An accused is not entitled to an acquittal simply because of his previous good moral character and exemplary conduct. The affirmation or reversal of his conviction must be resolved on the basic issue of whether the prosecution had discharged its duty of proving his guilt beyond any peradventure of doubt. Since the evidence of the crime in the instant case is more than sufficient to convict, the evidence of good moral character of accused-appellant is unavailing.
Accused-appellant likewise bewails and assigns as reversible error the failure of the trial court to give credence to the testimonies of the defense witnesses. He argues that these are Jehovahs Witnesses, and as such, they are God-fearing people who would never lie as to his whereabouts at the time in question.This argument is as puerile as the first. ...
JIMMIE KNIGHT v. CITY OF BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN, ET AL is an ongoing 2014-16 employment discrimination federal lawsuit filed by one of Benton Harbor, Michigan's most prominent Jehovah's Witness Elders, and involves an African-American Supervisor Defendant who was reared as a Jehovah's Witness, but is now a Christian Minister. A 2014state incorporation filing for the Benton Harbor Michigan Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses lists "Jimmie Knight" as the principle "Agent". An old 1968 incorporation filing for the Benton Harbor Michigan Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses lists "Jimmie Knight Jr." as its principle "Agent". Thus, the "Jimmie Knight" who is the plaintiff in this lawsuit appears to be the son of Benton Harbor's previous most prominent JW Elder.
According to an article published in October 2015, which is partially based on city records it obtained via a FOIA request, THE HERALD-PALLADIUM, alleges that Jimmie Knight, age 37, was fired from his position as a FIREFIGHTER for"removing" city property and "lying" to Public Safety Director Dan McGinnis, who acknowledges being reared as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. According to city records, when Public Safety Director Dan McGinnis sought to review files belonging to the City's former Firefighters' Union, which had been decertified in 2013, McGinnis discovered that the files were missing from the Watch office. McGinnis then reviewed surveillance footage which showed Jimmie Knight filling two garbage bags with files from the filing cabinet of the former union, removing them from the building, and then putting them in his own automobile. When McGinnis asked Knight to return the files, Knight allegedly only returned one bag. McGinnis retrieved the second bag out of Knight's locked trunk while Knight was on a fire call. The City report states that the files contained personnel information from current and past employees, along with old Union info.
Jimmie Knight's lawsuit denies many of the claims in the aforementioned City reports, and alleges that he was wrongfully fired in November 2014 in retaliation for raising concerns about fire safety policy and training. Knight filed a complaint about training and equipment deficiencies with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration on 11-14-14, was suspended a few hours later, and was terminated on 11-18-14. Knight's lawsuit seeks that Knight, who had been employed as a city firefighter since May 2005, be reinstated with the Fire Department and that he be awarded back pay and damages. Outcome pending.
Jimmie Knight reportedly also filed a complaint with the EEOC in 2014 which alleged religious discrimination. The EEOC decided in July 2015 not to pursue Knight's claims and issued Knight a Right-To-Sue Letter.
WISCONSIN v. GREGORY R. SPERGER was a 2012-15 Wisconsin court case which involved an Elder at the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses named Gregory Sperger, who is also owner/operator of ARTISTIC TAXIDERMY. Limited details. In January 2012, Greg Sperger, age 52, was cited by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for OPERATING A TAXIDERMY BUSINESS WITHOUT A LICENSE. For unknown reasons, the case was not filed until March 2015. Greg Sperger pled "No Contest" in April 2015, and paid a $237.70 fine.
This linked May 2015 CONSUMER AFFAIRS article describes a peer-to-peer "car rental" transaction which occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, during which a Non-JW Man was deceived, SCAMMED, and lied to multiple times by a JEHOVAH'S WITNESS MOTHER, who is employed as a "Speech Therapist Assistant", living in Phoenix, Arizona. Non-JW Man had previously used RelayRides, a peer-to-peer "car rental" service, to rent out his Dodge Grand Caravan four different times in 2014 -- without any problems.
On Thursday night, April 30, 2015, Non-JW Man rented out his Dodge Grand Caravan to a JEHOVAH'S WITNESS MOTHER who wanted a larger capacity vehicle to transport herself, her family, and others, to a CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY being held that weekend at the CASA GRANDE ASSEMBLY HALL OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES. JW MOM was supposed to return the Dodge Grand Caravan to its owner on Sunday night, May 3, 2015, at 9:00 P.M., after this Jehovah's Witness family returned home to Phoenix from the Circuit Assembly.
However, on Sunday, prior to the scheduled drop-off, JW MOM sent a "text" to Non-JW Male asking that the car rental be extended another day -- to which Non-JW male agreed. On Monday, May 4, 2015, as planned, Non-JW Male traveled to Sky Harbor Airport to retrieve his Dodge Grand Caravan. JW MOM never showed. After numerous text messages, JW MOM finally returned a text in which she claimed that she was running late, and told Non-JW Male to bill her credit card for another day. JW MOM knew that the rental payments were transacted by RelayRides, not Non-JW Male. Non-JW Male was unable to contact RelayRides until Tuesday, who told Non-JW Male that they would communicate with JW MOM. Later that day, JW MOM again sent a text to Non-JW Male stating that JW MOM's "son" had possession of Non-JW Male's Dodge Grand Caravan, and that JW SON thought that the Dodge Grand Caravan was not to be returned until 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday night.
Not until after further exchange of multiple deceptive text messages did JW MOM finally admit the real situation with Non-JW Males Dodge Grand Caravan. JW SON had been arrested in Bilbee, Arizona, for driving without a valid driver's license, and the Dodge Grand Caravan had been IMPOUNDED. Non-JW Male's attempt to recover his vehicle was unsuccessful because this peer-to-peer rental arrangement is NOT recognized by the Arizona courts. As of the publication of this article, Non-JW Male had yet to recover his vehicle, or any financial compensation. Non-JW Male also discovered that JW SON had been arrested for drug possession, drug use, and possession of drug paraphernalia, on February 24, 2015. The only remaining question is whether this family of Phoenix, Arizona Jehovah's Witnesses is African-American, Mexican, or both?
ROBERT SWINGLE v. HENNING & SONS ET AL was a 2000-02 Ohio appellate court case which involved a PROMINENT central Ohio 5-generation family of Jehovah's Witnesses. In September 1999, Swingle approached Henning & Sons, a three-generation Jehovah's Witness owned and operated HVAC and Roofing Company located in Roseville, Ohio, about having a furnace installed. Learning that Swingle owned and operated an oil and gas well servicing company, the father, Thomas Henning, thereafter approached Swingle about a recently failed oil/gas well located on the Henning's family farm, where the Hennings bred cattle and quarter horses.
Tom Henning explained that the well had failed due to surface water seeping into the well, and discussed with Swingle various options as how to get the well back to production. Swingle informed Henning that Henning could attempt to solve the problem by having a "packer" installed into the well, which is a new casing that has a rubber exterior which prevents surface water from further entering into the well. Swingle further informed Henning that even after installation of the packer that it would take one to three years to pump out the existing surface water, and that even after all that time and expense, the well might not ever return to production.
Thomas Henning agreed to Swingle's estimate of $13,178.55 to install the "packer". The packer was installed successfully in January 2000, and Swingle was paid by son, Kevin Henning. Thereafter, the Hennings pumped water from their well, and signs appeared that such pumping was slowly beginning to work. However, in June 2000, Kevin Henning directed Swingle to remove the packing from the well. Swingle agreed to do so for $80.00 per hour, but recommended against doing so prematurely. Kevin Henning reportedly brought in his own expert, a Michael Brown, to oversee Swingle's work. When Swingle's crew were unable to remove the packing from the well, Mike Brown directed Swingle to attempt to do so by turning the packing in the wrong direction. Swingle initially refused to perform the maneuver incorrectly, but after Brown persisted, Swingle finally gave in and did as Brown ordered. The incorrect maneuver jammed the packing, and it then would not move in either direction. Kevin Henning thereafter ordered Swingle and his crew off the Hennings' property.
Swingle submitted a bill to Kevin Henning in the amount of $3040.50 for those July 2000 services. After Henning complained, the bill was adjusted to $2955.50. Thereafter, Swingle received only $100.00 from the Hennings, who refused to pay the remainder of the bill. Swingle filed this civil action against the Hennings in Muskingum County Court. Interestingly, "[a]t trial, Tom Henning (age 68) was unable to remember any of the conversations surrounding the formation of the contract with [Swingle], as at the time of the trial, he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease". In December 2001, the trial court dismissed the Hennings' counterclaims, and ordered the Hennings to pay Swingle $2855.50. The trial court held that Swingle had properly informed the Hennings that there was no guarantee that installation of the packing would return the Hennings' well back to production -- ever -- much less in only six months. On the Hennings' appeal, the appellate court affirmed the ruling of the trial court in November 2002.
Note that an elderly female Jehovah's Witness named Takouhie Kouchkarian is the Plaintiff in both of the two following similar court cases, which were filed in close proximity. Also note that the Defendants in each of the two cases are young Jehovah's Witness married couples -- none of whom share the same surname. (The significance of such is uncertain.) But for the existence of two cases with similar/same facts, we would automatically assume that Takouhie Kouchkarian simply was a lonely elderly JW Woman whom was aggressively inserting herself into the lives of non-relative young JW Families by "buying" their friendship with her money.
However, given the similar facts of both of these two cases, we couldn't help but wonder whether Takouhie Kouchkarian was a vulnerable elderly lady whom was specifically targeted by two sets of defendants who were related, or otherwise knew each other, and as is typical of court cases involving Jehovah's Witnesses, much of what actually occurred was never brought out at trial in order "to not bring reproach on the name of Jehovah or his earthy organization".
Thus, until we receive additional, inside information on these cases, we will simply briefly summarize the court's decision in each case, and leave it to our readers to read what they will "between the lines". In any event, this Editor can personally vouch to readers that they should understand that it is not uncommon for Jehovah's Witnesses with excess financial assets to offer financial assistance to less fortunate fellow Jehovah's Witnesses. Readers should also understand that neither is it uncommon for such generous Jehovah's Witnesses to quickly come to regret that generosity. In other cases, it is not uncommon for needy Jehovah's Witnesses to come to regret accepting the generosity of their fellow Jehovah's Witnesses.
During the 1970s, the WatchTower Society's Legal Department was actively looking for test cases to take up the appellate ladder to set precedent that "adult" Jehovah's Witnesses were constitutionally permitted to reject life-saving blood transfusions, and DIE, and to stop Hospitals, Doctors, and Judges from interfering with such WatchTower Cult martyrdom.
HUBERT LEE HAMILTON v. JUDGE JOHN F. MCAULIFFE was a 1974-76 Maryland federal court case in which a Jehovah's Witness Minister and building contractor named Hubert L. Hamilton, then age 35, of greater Baltimore, Maryland, sued the state judge whom, at the request of Hamilton's non-JW wife and non-JW relatives, had SAVED HIS LIFE by ordering the administration of life-saving blood transfusions after Hubert Hamilton was twice gunshot in the chest during an otherwise unspecified heated argument around midnight on an evening in December 1973, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Undoubtedly at the direction of the WatchTower Society's Legal Department, Hamilton's lawsuit requested that the USDC issue a declaratory judgment against Maryland state Judge McAuliffe declaring that his order of December 12, 1973, authorizing the blood transfusion, had been "erroneous", and preventing Judge McAuliffe "from presently and in the future ordering a blood transfusion for Mr. Hamilton." As had other courts in similar cases, the USDC declared the issues to be "moot".
How "cherry" was the plaintiff in this case? Given that the WatchTower Society Legal Department eventually found other cases on which it ultimately "won" on this issue, the WatchTower Cult probably is still giving "thanks" that they lost this particular case. The following Maryland-only court cases (not inclusive) provide a brief glimpse into the following decades of this Jehovah's Witnesses' life.
HALLAM v. HUBERT LEE HAMILTON was a 1975-1989 Maryland court case in which the plaintiff won a $2,025.00 judgment against Hubert L. Hamilton, and THEN wife, Jane Hamilton. That judgment went unpaid, and was renewed in 1988.
OREGON v. BOYD (2003), BOYD v. PALMATEER (2007), and BOYD v. HOEFEL (2007) are rebuttably believed to all involve a female Jehovah's Witness (or ex), who spent nearly 20 years as the wife of a now deceased Oregon Jehovah's Witness Elder. The listed 2003 court case was her criminal conviction on the charges of second degree manslaughter, for which she was sentenced to Oregon State Penitentiary for a term of 75 months, and the unlawful use of a firearm, for which she was sentenced to six months. The man that Bimla Wati Boyd was convicted of killing was not her JW Elder husband, Charles Boyd, although one or more of her three children believe that she possibly may have also killed him. The two listed 2007 court cases have as defendants two administrators within the Oregon State Penitentiary system. Although the subject of the lawsuits are not known, just the existence of such lawsuits reveals something about who Bimla Boyd is in the year 2007.
I have no evidence that Bimla Wati Boyd has ever been civilly or criminally charged, much less convicted, of any financial crime, or any other crime, other than that for which she is currently incarcerated. However, there have been multiple news media reports that raise questions about a series of coincidental deaths and many financial transactions connected to Bimla Boyd which occurred or took place over the decades
Before I summarize the information from those multiple media reports, web visitors should first read my summary of the "custody" court case CHECKLEY v. KEIZER CONGREGATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, which is posted on this website's sister website. Bimla Wati Boyd is the party identified as "JW Elderette" in that summary. Only after reading the details provided in that summary will the following summary of various events and dates pertaining to Bimla Boyd make sense:
1956: Bimla Wati Lal was born in 1956, on the South Pacific island(s) of Fiji.
1974: Bimla's first child, James Maharaj-Lal, was born in Fiji. Bimla Boyd has stated in official U.S. documents that she was divorced in Fiji the next month after "James Boyd" was born. It is only an assumption that the husband was James' father -- assuming the marriage and divorce actually occurred. James' father was allegedly Bimla's high school teacher, named Sudesh Maharaj, who supposedly moved to New Zealand rather than accompany Bimla and James to North America.
1980: Bimla and James immigrate to Canada -- Vancouver.
1981: Bimla and James immigrate to Springfield, Oregon, where Bimla marries someone named "Schultz". After Bimla gains U.S. citizenship, they divorce. Bimla moves to Portland, Oregon, where she moves in with "relatives", and enrolls at Portland Community College, where she studies "nursing".
1982: Bimla meets a Molalla, Oregon, USPS mail carrier named Charles Boyd. Converts to his religion -- Jehovah's Witnesses. Then, they marry.
Latter 1980s: Bimla's second son born in January 1986. Girl born in March 1988. The Boyd family moves to Keizer, Oregon
Early 1990s: In Keizer, Charles Boyd is an Elder in the local JW Congregation. The Boyds gradually develop a relationship with severely disabled fellow JW -- Shad Wagner.
February 1994: Charles and Bimla Boyd take Shad Wagner to lodge a complaint with Oregon Disability Services regarding Ronald Checkley's activities as Wagner's guardian and conservator.
1995-6: Wagner files petition with local Court to remove Checkley as his guardian and conservator. Months pass before case is actually heard. Court declines to replace Checkley.
1996: Checkley files lawsuit against the Boyds and the Keizer Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
1996: The Boyds file for a "legal separation", yet reportedly continue to live in the same home. It has been alleged that such was nothing but a ploy to allow Bimla to qualify for state/federal assistance.
November 1996: The Boyds open an adult-foster-care business in their Keizer home.
January 1998: The Boyds purchase 31 acres of rural property about 10 miles west of Salem, Oregon, and obtain a loan to build a 2700 sf home. They close the Keizer adult-foster-care business, sell their home, and move into a $1500 Mobile Homesetup on the rural property while their new home is being constructed. The Boyd's new property is located at the end of a 1-mile long sparsely populated country road.
Sept/Oct 1998: The Boyds advertise the now vacant dilapidated Mobile Home "free in exchange for housework". Out of an alleged 300 responders, the Boyds pick an unmarried couple (26 and 24) who have been alleged to have manufactured and sold methamphetamine from the trailer.
November 23, 1998: At 3:57 p.m., 9-1-1 receives a call from Bimla Boyd reporting that she has discovered the dead body of the male "employee" in the kitchen of the Mobile Home. Bimla claims that she was motivated to go check on the "caretakers" after seeing smoke coming from the trailer (a reportedly stormy day). Police discover the bodies of the female caretaker and a second female underneath the trailer. All three had been "executed" by a small .22 caliber shot to the head. Police arrest Philip Scott Cannon later that night after Bimla Boyd, and possibly others, report seeing Cannon at the Mobile Home earlier that afternoon. Cannon, a convicted felon, who earns a living as a local handyman, admits being there that day, but he claims that he was asked to come to the trailer to give a bid on some plumbing work.
December 1998: Checkley's Lawsuit goes to trial. Boyd's win. Checkley appeals.
Mid 1999: Bimla Boyd gets into a dispute with relatives of the three murder victims. She denies them permission to retrieve their loved one's belongings from the mobile home until they pay $500.00 for damages inside the trailer. Boyd also demanded that the families sign a waiver releasing her of any liability if they contracted a disease from the dried blood.
Fall-Winter 1999: Several people report that Bimla was extremely nervous/anxious about having to take the witness stand at the upcoming murder trial. An attorney allegedly reported that Bimla consulted with him about the ramifications of her going to Mexico until the trial was over.
Jan-Feb 2000: Cannon murder trial. Autopsies showed that the male and female "caretakers" had used meth within only a few hours of being killed. There were no witnesses to the killings. Just Bimla, and possibly others, who seen Cannon at the trailer, which he admits. The district attorney produced no motive during Cannon's trial. The DA theorized that the slayings resulted from a drug deal gone awry. No murder weapon was found. Bullets and/or shell casings of the same caliber, same manufacturer, and same chemical composition were discovered at the crime scene and at Cannon's home. (I wonder how many boxes of 50 cartridges the local WalMart sold from the same case?) Cannon was convicted and sentenced to life without parol. Cannon still denies that he killed the 3 druggies. [2010 UPDATE: Scott Cannon's conviction was overturned by an appellate court in 2009. Local Prosecutors decided not to retry Cannon after being unable to locate stored evidence. Cannon was released in December 2009.]
Fall 2000: Robert Daniel Spencer, 54, who receives SS Disability, moves into the rent-free Mobile Home located about 100 ft from the Boyd home in exchange for performing various caretaking duties on the property.
November 2000: Appellate court reinstates most of lawsuit against Boyds.
Latter 2000: The local housing authority discovers that the Boyds have fraudulently received $5-7,000.00 in state housing assistance after claiming that they are legally separated, that the realty belongs solely to Charles, that he rents the house to Bimla, and that he lives at their former residence in Keizer. The Police fiddle around with the complaint until they also forget to refer the it to the DA. This scam appears to be a repeat of the one alleged in 1996, and possibly other years.
2001-2002: An unidentified elderly man and woman also died sometime around 2001-2 while staying at Bimla Boyd's home. They had lived with the Boyds when they operated the adult-foster-care business from their Keizer home. The elderly couple moved with the Boyds to their new home in Polk County. The two deaths were assumed to have stemmed from natural causes, and raised noone's suspicions.
October 15, 2001: Boyds divorce final. Terms of divorce settlement required Charles Boyd to continue making the mortgage payments, and provide child support of $200 a month.The divorce decree also required Charles Boyd to keep Bimla as the primary beneficiary of his $400,000.00 life insurance policy. It is alleged that the Boyd's divorce was as genuine as their previous legal separations that were used for one scam or another.
December 2001: The Monmouth Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses disfellowship both Charles and Bimla Boyd. Reason(s) not announced, but it could have been for any number of possible reasons. It was rumored to relate to the Boyds continuing to live together after their divorce. It would be typical that the JWs would hone in on the decoy rather than what the decoy was used for.
2001-2002: The deed to the Boyd property is put into first one of their names, and then the other, allegedly depending on who they were trying to scam at the time -- including worrying about losing the ongoing Checkley lawsuit.
January 2002: Allegedly, the Boyd's realty was deeded to Spencer (caretaker) for a few weeks.
Jan-Feb 2002: Charles Boyd becomes severely depressed after being disfellowshiped from the JWs, and decides to do whatever the JW Elders required him to do in order for him to be reinstated.
February 2, 2002, Charles moves out (possibly the only time he actually did so in all the years of claiming such in order to scam various government programs).
Feb. 13, 2002: Charles, Bimla, and their two children attend the evening meeting at the Monmouth Kingdom Hall together in an attempt to do what was needed for he and Bimla to be reinstated. After the meeting, Charles spends the night at Bimla's (their) house. According to Bimla, Charles sleeps in a downstairs bedroom, while she sleeps upstairs.
February 14, 2002: When Charles fails to get up for work at USPS the next morning, rather than checking on him herself, Bimla summons Spencer to come and check on Charles. Spencer told detectives that when he opened the bedroom door that he instantly recognized that Charles was dead. Spencer said he tried but failed to revive Charles with chest compressions. Bimla told investigators that Charles had committed suicide by overdosing on prescription pills. The Medical Examiner determined that he had taken a non-lethal amount of Oxycodone, a painkiller, and sertraline, an anti-depressant. The Coroner's report listed the cause of his death as undetermined. However, it concluded that three combined factors - his large, 6-foot-1, 220-pound body; the medication; and a dilated heart - probably caused his death. (Keep in mind that Charles, only 44, daily walked a mail delivery route for USPS. Also keep in mind that Bimla trained as a nurse. Friends reportedly alleged that she was also a notorious hypochondriac, who monitored the pill-taking of everyone around her.)
Sometime 2002: Boyds again win at trial. Checkley again appeals.
September 29, 2002: Around 6:00 p.m., 9-1-1 receives a call from Bimla Boyd's 16 year-old son reporting a shooting at the Boyd residence. Around 6:30 p.m., Police find Spencer's body in Bimla's bedroom. Spencer died from a single rifle shot to the face. Some of Spencer's relatives later claimed that Spencer had wanted for some time to quit his "rent for work" deal (and maybe tit for tat) with Boyd, but that Spencer could not afford to do so given that SS Disability was his sole income. They suspect that Spencer had finally had enough and told Bimla that he was leaving.
October 2002: Bimla Boyd pleads not guilty to the murder charge.
January 2003: Bimla Boyd's attorney negotiates a second degree manslaughter plea deal after the DA "investigates" and learns from Bimla, Bimla's 14 year-old daughter, and Bimla's 16 year-old son that Bimla shot Spencer after discovering Spencer and the daughter having sex in Spencer's trailer. Spencer, 54, recipient of SS disability, who had likely carried on a sexual relationship with Bimla, allegedly had been carrying on a sexual relationship with Bimla's 14 year-old daughter for about six months. Supposedly, around 5:00 PM on 11/29/02, Bimla had decided to go for a walk on her property. She stopped at Spencer's trailer, about 100 ft from her house, and interrupted Spencer having sex with her daughter. Bimla then escorted her daughter back to the house, where Spencer was stupid enough to follow around 6:00 PM. Bimla and Spencer argue, and in the heat of the argument, somehow wind up in Bimla's bedroom, where she retrieves one of two loaded rifles from beneath her bed, and proceeds to shoot Spencer one time in the face, killing him. Bimla claims that she did not intend to shoot Spencer, but that her finger must have slipped in the anger, confusion, frustration, etc of the moment. Neither of Bimla's two children saw what occurred in her bedroom.
January 2008: Boyd's 75 month sentence is still running. She is required to serve all 75 months, and it is unclear whether the six months for the lesser charge is additional, and unclear if and how much credit she received for jailtime.
In 2009, at a local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Soweto, South Africa, an unmarried Jehovah's Witness Male named Sibusiso Simon, who wanted to get married to a fellow Jehovah's Witness, apparently followed local JW custom and approached an older Jehovah's Witness female named Doris N. Mahlasela, who apparently was the congregation's "marriage arranger".
In January 2010, Doris N. Mahlasela told Sibusiso Simon that she had found him a "good wife", and assumedly a fellow Jehovah's Witness, who lived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, named Phumeza Paraffin. The marriage apparently had been arranged through Phumeza Paraffin's unidentified Uncle. Doris Mahlasela instructed Sibusiso Simon that she would handle all the negotiations with that unidentified Uncle regarding the "ilobolo", or "bride-price", and that to speed up the process, Simon should deposit R11600 directly into her personal bank account. Doris Mahlasela told Sibusiso Simon that he would have to pay immediately, and that he could not talk to the bride-to-be until after he had paid at least half of the R11600.
Sibusiso Simon was eventually able to deposit R6300 into Mahlasela's bank account in April. In return, Doris Mahlasela gave Simon a photograph of Phumeza Paraffin, along with Phumeza's cellphone number. Simon paid the remaining balance of R5300 in July. Doris Mahlasela informed Simon that the engagement party was arranged for August, and that he also had to pay all of that expense.
In August, Sibusiso Simon and Phumeza Paraffin met for the first time, and Phumeza Paraffin told Simon that she did not like him and refused to marry him. Simon demanded from Doris Mahlasela, Phumeza Paraffin, and Paraffin's Jehovah's Witness family, that the R11600 "ilobolo", or "bride-price", be REFUNDED to him. All involved parties refused to return Simon's money, and when he kept calling them, all changed their telephone numbers. When Sibusiso Simon approached his local BOE about the matter, they DISFELLOWSHIPPED HIM!!!
NIGERIA v. VICTORY ISIMOYA is an ongoing October 2015 Nigeria criminal prosecution of a reported Jehovah's Witness named Victory Isimoya, age 25, of Lagos, on charges that he allegedly stole 5,980,300 Naira from his employer.
The subject of "Jehovah's Witnesses" and "Bankruptcy" is a topic which has gnawed at us for years, because an entire website could be constructed on this topic alone if not for the fact that public legal records do not lend themselves well to the coverage of Bankruptcy specifics. Additionally, a "book" could be written on the teachings and culture of the WatchTower Cult which lead to its Jehovah's Witness members being forced to reach out to Bankruptcy laws to save their arses from years, decades, or even a lifetime of poor financial decisions. Instead, for the time being, we will simply recount a few of the recent bankruptcy-related "cases" which have come to our attention -- and continues to "grate" on our arse.
During the past 6-8 months, we have received varying amounts of information on at least three "cases" where elderly Jehovah's Witnesses have filed for bankruptcy during the final few months of their lives in order to protect the family home as an asset of their estate which could be "left" as an "inheritance" to their surviving Jehovah's Witness Children, or "others". Since the facts of all three cases are essentially duplicates of each other, we will relate only the case for which we received the most specific details.
This case involves a prominent JW Family whose patriarch was a prominent JW Elder for decades, including holding the position of "City Overseer" for a number of years, and whose matriarch claimed to be "one of the 144,000", or "one of the anointed remnant", in a large million+ metropolitan area where only 2-3 other elderly JWs were recognized as such. Although this super-JW couple had devoted their lives to working for the WatchTower Cult, in their "spare time", they had managed to rear and educate two otherwise wholesome JW Daughters.
City Overseer died in the latter 2000s, while he was in his late 70s -- thus, the vast majority of his end-of-life medical expenses would have been covered by medicare/medicaid. (For those readers who -- like ourselves -- once swallowed the alarming sales spiel of the Medicare Supplement industry regarding "deductibles' -- we had an elderly relative without Medicare Supplement insurance, who died after weeks in the hospital, with the bills amounting to nearly six figures. Most providers did not even bill for the Medicare deductible. Out of nearly $100,000.00 in medical and doctor bills, the Executor paid out only about $1500.00 for Medicare deductibles.) Five years later, Anointed Wife repeated her husband's end-of-life scenario. During the early part of Anointed Mother's last 12 months of life, Anointed Mother spent a couple weeks in the hospital. On discharge, instead of her two local JW Daughters taking their quickly fading Anointed Mother into one of their own homes, the two JW Daughters listened to the advice of local JW Elders with legal connections. JW Daughters took Mother back to the Mother's home, and took turns caring for her there, in order to maintain Anointed Mother's "residence" in the home. At the same time, JW Daughters "assisted" Anointed Mother to file Bankruptcy to protect Anointed Mother's Home (their "inheritance") from years and decades of accumulated debts which "Armageddon" thus far had failed to wipe out for their JW Parents. Bankruptcy was final only 3-4 months before Anointed Mother's death. JW Daughters inherited the $150,000.00 family home free and clear. Unprotected creditors and taxpayers became financially responsible for decades of poor financial decisions made by a JW Family whom had been influenced -- if not "taught" such -- by the WatchTower Cult.
Apparently, this Jehovah's Witness end-of-life "bankruptcy" strategy has been and is being taught across the United States via the WatchTower "grapevine". Notably, this end-of-life "bankruptcy" strategy also protects the homes of elderly JWs whom have named the WatchTower Society and/or their local Kingdom hall as beneficiaries in their WILLS. For those Readers who are unaware or have forgotten -- the WatchTower Cult once taught that it was okay for Jehovah's Witnesses to "Rape/Pilpher the Egyptians" (based on the Israelites' theft from the Egyptians the night that they left Egypt" ). This apparently recent phenomenon seems like a new, more recent manifestation of that old WatchTower attitude and teaching.
We recently received another report of an elderly female Jehovah's Witness Landlord, who had filed bankruptcy only a few years previously, and who continued to have "credit" problems, who recently was charged with ID Theft in regard to possessing and using an unauthorized credit card. Reportedly, a former tenant in that JW Landlord's home discovered that years after having moved from the JW Landlord's home that there was an active-but-delinquent credit card in their name being used from that former rental address. That JW Landlord is rumored to have used their "standing in the community", along with pleading "unintentional mistake", and paying off the delinquent balance, to keep from being fully prosecuted.
UNBELIEVABLE!!! After posting the above, before even signing out of this session, we ran a background check on a JW Elder who had caught our attention for another section, and he had filed bankruptcy in 2004, and had had a home foreclosure in 2010.
MORE TO COME
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