Thursday, March 25, 2010

What would Jesus keep in his garage?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Bet it's not a Bentley. Or a Mercedes. Or a Lexus, BMW or Rolls Royce.

So, what do you think about these Charlotte-area pastors allegedly filling their pockets from the donation plate then lying to the I.R.S. about it. Read on ...

The Jinwrights, who head Greater Salem City of God, have been free on bond since their 2009 indictment, which accuses them of not reporting $1.8 million in taxable income. Federal prosecutors said the Jinwrights are continuing to commit criminal violations by failing to pay more than $85,000 in taxes.

Lawyers representing the Jinwrights agreed that the couple had not paid delinquent taxes for 2007 and 2008 but said the preacher and his wife were facing financial woes -- a claim prosecutors labeled “absurd on its face.”

U.S. Attorney David Brown presented documents showing that the Jinwrights in 2007 reported total wages of $465,507, which did not include a $160,833 housing allowance and a $42,826 car allowance.

In addition, prosecutors said, the Jinwrights spent about $178,000 in payments on eight vehicles, including two Lexuses, a Mercedes-Benz, a BMW, a Rolls Royce and a Bentley.

Other expenses included $4,000 for car washes, $311,000 in payments on two homes, more than $4,000 for lawn care, more than $9,000 in home repairs, nearly $3,000 for Time Warner Cable and Direct TV, $4,200 in home cleaning expenses and $20,000 in furniture.

“In other words,” Brown told the judge, “if they had gotten rid of their Rolls Royce, they could have paid the taxes.”

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