- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A megachurch near Grand Rapids says it’s going to set up a donation account for investors who lost money in Ponzi scheme set up by a man who gave $300,000 to the church.

David McQueen was sentenced in December to 30 years in prison for operating the $46 million scheme. He was also ordered to pay $32 million in restitution, and federal officials have asked Resurrection Life Church in Grandville to give back the money McQueen donated to the church from 2005 to 2009.

The Rev. Bernard Blauwkamp tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1IwEg6z ) that the money from McQueen was spent long ago to help families with food and utilities, and that it was also donated to local agencies.

In a Facebook post, the Rev. Duane Vander Klok wrote the church couldn’t use current funds because they were donated for purposes other than repaying what McQueen gave.

“We do not desire to be unethical, or commit a crime today, in reaction to the crime committed by someone else many years ago,” Vander Klok wrote.

Church officials say congregation members will be able to donate to the account for the scheme’s victims. The scheme had more than 800 investors, including people who mortgaged homes and used retirement savings.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids



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