According to the Christian Post on Dec. 11, a New Haven, Connecticut pastor was accused of using the church's debit card to spend thousands of dollars on personal comforts for himself and his family. When he was questioned about spending the money, he stripped the church of all its furniture except the pews.
WTNH reported that Pastor Anthony Fulton of Faith Refuge Church is accused of using the church's money to buy things that had nothing to do with the church.
Angie Boxill, a member of the church, said:
"They were getting hair done, their nails done, going out to eat, writing out cash instead of, you know, paying the bills, so they can do whatever they want with the money.
Other members allege that bank statements show the pastor and his family made numerous transactions at clothing stores, beauty shops and restaurants, amounting to close to $10,000 in less than six months.
When questioned about spending the money, Pastor Fulton responded: "No come on, personal use. I don't drive a BMW, I don't live in a fat house, okay. The Lord supplies all my needs."
Then the pastor stripped the church of all the furniture, loaded it up in a U-Haul truck and left the church as members looked on.
The pastor insisted that he is innocent of the allegations and indicated that he was moving to another church, and he was taking the stuff he had accumulated over the years. He said he brought it with him to Faith Refuge Church when he came.
Church members say they will sue for what belongs to them.