Mega church launches an audit - 2007-03-13
A Toronto mega church whose spending practices were questioned in a recent Star investigation has hired a public relations firm specializing in "crisis communication" and launched an internal financial probe, a spokesman said yesterday.
The Prayer Palace, which annually takes in about $3 million in cash and other donations, hired an auditor to "show everything is above-board and there is no money being laundered anywhere," said Frank Fernandez, a church member who spoke on behalf of the Prayer Palace during local radio station AM640's morning broadcast.
The church's newly appointed public relations consultant, Strategic Communications Solutions' Peter Turkington, said in a news release the church has hired a "forensic accounting firm to show that the Star's innuendos are entirely incorrect." Turkington later told the Star the audit will be conducted by Toronto accountant Bruce Armstrong, a member of LECG Canada Ltd.