FBI Raids 5 Churches in NC Suspected of Being a Cult
FBI agents raided a Fayetteville church on June 23; the church was among five places of worship accused of operating as a cult and targeting military families.
House of Prayer Christian Church is at the center of the FBI investigation, according to the agency. An FBI spokesperson told ABC11 that nobody was arrested in the raid and no further details would be released at this time about it.
However, allegations are swirling that the church is recruiting soldiers to siphon military pay into its coffers.
Veterans Education Success is an advocacy group that has reportedly worked closely with former church members.
“In some cases they actually target service members, coaching them on how to get out of the military with false medical claims–so that they can not only take advantage of their GI Bill, but also take advantage of their medical and disability compensation. It’s pretty shocking stuff,”
“Everything that we’ve seen indicates they operate well outside the scope of the law and in a lot of cases, very questionable manner–such that they’re taking advantage of veterans, service members and in some cases not even allowing them to leave,”Will Hubbard
Will Hubbard is the Vice President for Veterans & Military Policy at Veterans Education Success. The nonprofit group asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate the allegations.
House of Prayer Christian Church is located in a tiny neighborhood of Bragg Boulevard.
FBI Raids 5 Churches in NC Suspected of Being a Cult.