New York minister used funds to aid himself

Carl Keyes
The Rev. Carl Keyes and his wife, the Rev. Donna Keyes, who jointly led the Glad Tidings Tabernacle in Manhattan, have agreed to repay $1.2 million that they took from their congregation to buy a BMW and an 18th-century farmhouse on seven acres in rural New Jersey.

In The StocksOther funds were used to finance family trips to California, West Virginia, Africa and Florida. The funds included $500,000 the church loaned to an anti-poverty charity controlled by Carl Keyes, called Aid for the World.

An Associated Press investigation uncovered the transactions. The AP found that Keyes had embellished stories about relief work he performed in New York in the months after the 9/11 attacks. In some cases, Keyes took credit for things that other people had done.

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About Skippy R

Skippy R is retired after toiling as a scribe for a large denominational newspaper in Texas for about 40 years. He's written for The Wittenburg Door and Beliefnet. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Mrs. Skippy, and leads a Bible study in his home. Mostly spends time running after his grandkids. He is -- what are they calling it now? -- a Jesus follower.
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