A former Bishop at Lighthouse Chapel International, Larry Odonkor, has been put before court for allegedly stealing the Church’s monies meant for the payments of taxes and his own Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions.
The accused according to court documents In March 2020, wrote a cheque of GHc8,527 out which GHc5,000 was for his salary for February while GHc1,667 and GHc1,850 were for the payment of his SSNIT contributions and taxes respectively but failed to pay the statutory monies to the proper authorities.
Mr. Odonkor is said to have repeated the act in April 2020, and failed to make the necessary statutory payments and instead deposited the entire GHc8,527 into his personal account and made use of same.
The accused has been charged with two counts of stealing and for dishonestly appropriating the Church’s GHc7,054 meant for the payment of his own SSNIT contributions and taxes. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The criminal charges against the former Bishop represents another twist in the saga between the Church and six of its former pastors which led to the ‘Darkness In a Lighthouse’ publication which has led to another legal tussle.