Utah Mormon church lawsuit over alleged misuse of donations to be appealed

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James Huntsman, a member of one in every of Utah’s most outstanding households and brother of a former governor, is persisting in his argument that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used donations the church solicited for charity for business functions.

Huntsman filed an attraction Friday with the ninth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. A federal decide in California dismissed Huntsman’s criticism towards the church in September, saying no affordable juror would consider that church leaders made false statements about how funds could be used.

Huntsman, brother of former U.S. diplomat and ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and son of late billionaire philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr., mentioned he was defrauded out of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} through the 24 years he gave 10% of his annual earnings to the church. He’s looking for the return of $5 million.

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Contributions to the Utah-based religion recognized extensively because the Mormon church “are used for a broad array of religious purposes, including missionary work, education, humanitarian causes and the construction of meetinghouses, temples and other buildings important in the work of the Church,” spokesperson Eric Hawkins mentioned in an announcement after the criticism was filed.

The lawsuit was filed greater than a yr after a former church funding supervisor filed a whistleblower criticism with the IRS, saying that the church has misled members and presumably damaged federal tax guidelines for non secular organizations by utilizing an affiliated funding arm to put aside about $1 billion a yr from the $7 billion that the religion obtained yearly in member donations. The whistleblower lawsuit mentioned the church’s investments totaled $100 billion.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (Fox)

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (Fox)

The church reported its largest funding fund contained practically $38 billion on the finish of 2019. The report didn’t element all of the church’s investments.

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Huntsman mentioned he deliberate to offer the hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in damages he’s looking for to “organizations and communities whose members have been marginalized by the Church’s teachings and doctrines, including by donating to charities supporting LGBTQ, African-American, and women’s rights.”

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