Jan 30, 2023

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/24/2023

House of Prayer Christian Churches of America (HOPCC), Legal, Chad and Lori Daybell,  Larry Ray

The Roy's Report: DOJ: Cultic Churches' Sham Seminaries Preyed on Service Members, Bilked VA
"The U.S. Government is accusing the House of Prayer Christian Churches of America (HOPCC), a group many consider cultic, of using sham seminaries to bilk veterans out of $23 million in Veterans Administration (VA) benefits.

The $23 million in VA benefits paid for more than 200 military members, veterans, and family members to attend HOPCC schools.

The charges, which include wire fraud and money laundering, were laid out in a Jan. 6 civil forfeiture complaint for $150,191 cash, held in bank accounts. The complaint alleges seminary officials deceived VA officials, falsified financial records, lied about faculty qualifications, and fabricated course catalogs. It also claims HOPCC misrepresented the hours students spent in class, falsified attendance records, encouraged students to lie to officials, and failed to grade assignments or provide graduation or completion records."
"A judge denied a request to postpone the murder trial for Chad and Lori Daybell, and they will not be permitted to have face-to-face meetings or phone calls to prepare for trial.

District Judge Steven Boyce made the rulings during a two-and-a-half-hour court hearing in Fremont County Thursday morning. Lori Vallow Daybell appeared in a pink blouse and dark dress pants, while Chad Daybell wore a white shirt and tie. The couple rarely looked at each other as their attorneys argued motions on their behalf. Cameras were not allowed in the hearing.

Lori and Chad Daybell are charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan – two of Lori's children – along with Chad's previous wife, Tammy Daybell.

Request for joint settlement and 'strategy sessions'

Jim Archibald and John Thomas, Lori's defense attorneys, filed a motion this month asking permission for the Daybells to meet in person and on the phone for "strategy sessions" ahead of the April trial.

'The two defendants would like to be able to talk about their settlement options," Archibald said, noting that prosecutors sent him a letter asking if Lori was interested in settling the case. "We need to be able to talk settlement and plan strategy. As we prepare for settlement conferences, as we prepare for mediation, I am asking for an order from the court, and I'd like it to start today.'"

Department of JusticeU.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of New YorkLawrence Ray Sentenced For Years-Long Predatory Crimes Against Students At Sarah Lawrence College And Others
"Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that LAWRENCE RAY, a/k/a "Lawrence Grecco," received a sentence of 60 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering, extortion, sex trafficking, forced labor, tax evasion, and money laundering offenses.  RAY was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lewis J. Liman after being convicted at trial in April 2022.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: "Larry Ray is a monster.  For years, he inflicted brutal and lifelong harm on innocent victims.  Students who had their lives ahead of them.  He groomed them and abused them into submission for his own gain.  Through physical and psychological abuse, he took control over his victims' minds and bodies and then extracted millions of dollars from them.  The sentence imposed today will ensure that Ray will never harm victims again.  I commend the brave victims who testified in Court in the face of incredible trauma.  I also thank the career prosecutors in this Office and our law enforcement partners who made the just conviction and sentence in this case possible."

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