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University AME Zion Church targeted in multimillion-dollar fraud scheme

Original post made on Jan 27, 2022

An alleged fraud scheme that put African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church properties, including in Palo Alto, into millions of dollars of debt has led to the arrests of a former bishop and lay leader.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 9:56 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2022 at 7:55 am

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This is such a sad story. It sounds to me that the church is basically similar to an elderly person being scammed by a younger family member who they trusted.

Scammers are getting very sophisticated in their ways of getting money out of vulnerable people and it seems that even religious institutions are as vulnerable as anyone else. Getting legal advice is costly and lawyers can be just as inscrupulous in their fees.

Hopefully this will be sorted.


Posted by memsman
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 28, 2022 at 11:24 am

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Maybe they should sell the property to the city for housing.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jan 29, 2022 at 7:54 am

Jennifer is a registered user.

This is a very sad story. Legal advice is costly but it's money well spent.


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