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Bishop steals nearly £200,000 prompting church investigation

DISGRACED: The late Bishop Gerald Edmund (photo credit: Express and Star)

THE CHARITY Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic UK (BUCJC), which has 10 branches across the UK.

BUCJC – which owns the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich – was notified of the inquiry last month and has responded to the Charity Commission’s request for accounts, details of transactions and information about member churches.

The root of the investigation stems from 2014, when the late Bishop Gerald Edmund, was jailed for stealing £186,000 from Bethel Convention Centre.

VENUE: The Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich

In a statement released on 3 May, the Charity Commission stated that their inquiry will look at the extent to which the trustees are complying with their legal duties, examine the charity’s financial management and check whether trustees have complied with previously issued regulatory guidance.

In a press statement, the church board stated it is unsure what other issues and regulatory concerns have caused the Charity Commission to open a statutory inquiry, but believe the actions they have taken since 2014 should address any concerns the Charity Commission may have.

They have also committed themselves to fully co-operate with the charity commission and accept any recommendations that benefit its members.

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