Court Cases to Watch in 2023

Besides shining a spotlight on the bad behavior of religious leaders, court  cases often bring unique attention to church and ministry governance issues. Cross examination frequently provides answers to questions church members have long sought.

The finances of churches and ministries which are often secret may become a matter of public record during litigation.

For organizations filing a Form 990, legal expenses are disclosed on the Statement of Expenses page.

* Evan and Joshua Edwards – Evan and his son are accused of using their non-profit organization ASLAN International Ministry to fraudulently obtain a Paycheck Protection Program loan. According to ProPublica, the ministry received a loan of $8,417,200 in 2020 to retain 486 employees during COVID. USA Today reported the family used part of the money toward purchasing a $3.7 million home in Orlando among other misdeeds.

A trial date has not yet been set. The court docket is available on PACER.

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