Monday, January 31, 2011

Toronto Pastor charged with sex assault

Well on a slightly positive note, he was also charged with a non-related sex charge.

A Toronto man (from Cameroon) whose two charities were stripped of their charitable status for providing falsified bank statements to the Canada Revenue Agency was also recently sentenced for sexual assault for inappropriately touching a teen.

Daniel Mokwe, who calls himself ‘reverend’ and runs a church, was arrested on Oct. 18, 2008 after a teenaged girl complained, said Det. Richard Petrie of Toronto Police Service.

He spent two nights in prison and, on Jan. 13, 2011, was sentenced to time served and two years’ probation, said Petrie.

The incident did not happen at the church, said Petrie, adding that the victim knew Mokwe was a pastor. “She said she lost her faith in church and doesn’t go (to church) any longer,” said Petrie.

Mokwe refused to answer any questions. “I don’t want to talk to you anymore,” he told a Star reporter over the phone.

Operation Save Canada’s Teenagers and Revival Time Ministries International, both run by Daniel Mokwe, lost their charitable status on Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, respectively.

The federal revenue agency said neither charity spent donations of more than $3.7 million on charitable activities.

In scathing audits, the CRA said the two charities falsified bank statements and did not give a complete record of donation receipts. The federal agency also reported discrepancies in receipts made available to its auditors and said the charities dithered over many requests to provide records.

CRA investigators say there is no proof the money was for used for charitable purposes.

In an earlier interview, Mokwe said that he is appealing the revocations in Federal Court.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for CRA would not say if Mokwe is being investigated further because of privacy laws.

“CRA takes non-compliance seriously,” said Béatrice Fénelon in an email. “If fraud is uncovered, those suspected of fraud may face serious consequences which include criminal charges, monetary penalties, and, for charities, the loss of registered status with a corresponding revocation tax.”

Const. Tony Vella of Toronto Police said its fraud division is not investigating Mokwe or his two charities at this time.

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