Alleged scam aimed at African American churches in Southern California to be investigated
Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown is scheduled to announce this morning that his office is launching an investigation into an alleged scam aimed at dozens of African American churches in Southern California.
According to preliminary information released by Brown’s office, the probe will focus on whether four individuals, two businesses and three national leasing companies defrauded more than 30 Southern California-based African American churches out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Churches hit by the alleged scam include houses of worship in Compton, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Pasadena, Perris, Pomona, Rialto, Riverside and San Bernardino, according to Brown’s office.
Churches in at least 10 other states were also affected. At this morning’s news conference, at least two pastors are expected to describe how the alleged swindle has impacted their churches and parishioners.
-- Ann M. Simmons
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