She donated nearly $300,000 to Church of Scientology, which doesn't want it - 2018-01-05
The pitch proved enticing: Investors from New York, California and Florida gave Favrow's Clearwater-based firm hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy, rehab and resell homes at a profit. But they say they never go their money back.
In the meantime, Favrow donated $278,158 to the Church of Scientology.
Did Favrow use her investors' funds to make those donations? The investors don't allege that directly but in an unusual case, the church says it doesn't want the money because of concerns it might have been "ill-gotten" and "misappropriated."
The church, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, has put the $278,158 in escrow and filed a lawsuit in Pinellas County Circuit Court asking to be relieved from "any further responsibility" for the funds while Favrow and the investors battle it out among themselves over who is legally entitled to it.