Houses of Worship Work to Combat Fraud - 8 News NOW

Houses of Worship Work to Combat Fraud

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LAS VEGAS -- Typically fraud schemes and embezzlement in government and business make the news. But fraud examiners say places of worship are the most vulnerable to fraud. Experts say it is an unlikely venue that needs more safeguards.

The Nehemiah Ministries on Rancho Drive and Gowan Road takes extra precautions .

"With everything we do, we need multiple signatures. We need people ensuring deposits are made properly and documentation has to be brought back to ensure that those deposits were made as they were reported," said Pastor Kelcey West.

Pastor West says members also have weekly and monthly access to church finances, including annual reports of everything from operating expenses to tithes and offerings. They also meet with bank officials and members to be transparent amount the church's money.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners also says temples, synagogues and mosques are vulnerable to fraud. Experts say there are no internal controls for receipts, payroll and paychecks. One church member says it all depends on your faith.

"Now that I'm a true believer in God and understand through the Bible that my money is being used for the edification of God's kingdom, I trust and believe that the church is using it in the correct manner," said Yancey Taylor.

Taylor says he refuses to worry about whether his tithe is mishandled. Instead, he gives out of obedience and believes he will be blessed because of it.

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