Financing the project
In its press statement, the COC revealed that between December 2007 and May 2010, the Charity's funds were used to finance the project under the guise of donations to its affiliated church in Kuala Lumpur, known as the City Harvest Church Kuala Lumpur (CHCKL).
The funds were then transmitted by CHCKL to support the Project in the United States. During this period, at least $2.1 million was transferred from the Charity to CHCKL to fund the Project. The inquiry revealed that Kong Hee, Tan Ye Peng, Kelvin Teo Meng How, Tan Shao Yuen Sharon and Serina Wee Gek Yin were aware of the true purpose of the donations to CHCKL.
In addition, donations and tithes to the Charity were transferred into a private fund known as the Multi-Purpose Account (MPA) administered by Serina Wee Gek Yin (the Charity's ex-Finance Manager and Executive member) and Tan Su Pheng Jacqueline (former Personal Assistant to Kong Hee, current contract staff and Executive member of the Charity).
Monies in this account were used to fund the Project. From April 2007 to March 2010, the funds were used for purported expenditures of Kong Hee and Sun Ho, amounting to approximately $600,000 and $3 million respectively.
Selected donors were also asked to transfer their contributions originally meant for the Charity's "Arise and Build" campaign to the MPA. Some members ceased or reduced their regular tithes to the Charity after they contributed funds to the MPA. Apart from this small group of members, the existence of the MPA was not made known to the Charity's members.
The COC said there was even an attempt to conceal the existence of this account by closing the joint bank account and dealing only in cash transactions, which was kept in a safe at the Charity.
In or around April 2009, a plan was conceptualised by Tan Ye Peng, Chew Eng Han, Serina Wee Gek Yin and Tan Shao Yuen Sharon to transfer monies amounting to $600,000 donated by Wahju Hanafi to the Charity's Building Fund via a "refund" of Building Fund donations into the MPA to meet some funding needs of the Project, which included US$100,000 (S$128,000) to finance a media team from Singapore to publicise and write about Sun Ho's music career in the United States.
The inquiry revealed that the Charity had drafted letters from Wahju Hanafi and one other person indicating that their donations to the Charity were intended for specific pastors and employees of the Charity as love gifts. It was then arranged for these said pastors and employees to receive the "refund" as love gifts and immediately thereafter to deposit these love gifts into the MPA.
The Inquiry further revealed evidence which strongly suggests that the "refund" letters were backdated, i.e. the letters were dated close to or on the date of the donations and one of the letters was dated before the date of the donations.
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