U.S. Government Wants Michigan Mega Church to Give Back $300,000 In Swindled Money

The Rev. Duane Vander Klok said while the $300,000 donated to Resurrection Life Church by Ponzi schemer David McQueen is long gone, the church will set up an account to help McQueen's victims. MLive file photo
The Rev. Duane Vander Klok said while the $300,000 donated to Resurrection Life Church by Ponzi schemer David McQueen is long gone, the church will set up an account to help McQueen’s victims.
MLive file photo

Years ago, when now convicted and jailed Ponzi scheme runner David McQueen first donated $300,000 to a Michigan mega church, ministry officials had no idea it was dirty money.

Even though Resurrection Life Church was unaware, the U.S. government is still asking the ministry to voluntarily give back those big bucks.

But the multiple donations given in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, are all gone now according to lead pastor Duane Vander Klok.

In an explanatory message posted to Facebook, he said, “The money was dispersed to various charitable causes many years ago according to the requirements of the law. Because so much time has passed since the donations were made, it is impossible to find those dollars now.”

McQueen, who ran a $46 million scam, is currently serving 30 years in federal prison. He has been ordered to pay $32 million in restitution to more than 800 victims—some who mortgaged their houses and gave up their retirement savings for the investment sham.

After discovering that the U.S. Attorney’s Office sent out letters to victims, informing them that Resurrection Life refused to contribute to their reimbursement efforts, some ministry officials believe this is damaging to their reputation.

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SOURCE: EEW Magazine
Damien Wilson