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Ron’s Total Resolve Revisited

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

2009 Property Tax Payment RonBack in March on my Don’t Drink the Flavor Aid blog, I described how during the lead up to Ron’s first failed timeline in 2008, Ron exhorted his followers to show Total Resolve — particularly those who were eligible to be part of the 144,000 (baptized members of WCG prior to Tkach’s apostasy in December of 1994).  As part of his spiel, Ron indicted that he was showing Total Resolve by refinancing the equity out of his $381,000 mansion on a golf course to “throw into Google” ads to promote his fictional “2008 – God’s Final Witness”.

However, when it came time to pay his property taxes yet again this year, Weinland paid them directly to the county where he lives.  Not like most with mortgages, who pay monthly into an escrow fund held by the mortgage company which sends the payment into the county.  The graphic to the right is a capture from the web site for the county where the Two Witnesses live.  Notice the “Paid by” entry has the names of the Two Witnesses.  Note that the entry for the Mortgage Company is blank.

(Note: clicking on either graphic will show a new page, and clicking on the graphic on that page will show a larger version.)

2009 Property Tax Payment AudraTo compare, the graphic to the left is from the same county showing the property taxes paid by church bookkeeper / personal assistant / potential IRS Criminal Investigation target / daughter Audra L. Little (formerly Weinland).  Notice that the entry for “Paid By” shows the name of a mortgage company and that there’s a code entry in the “Mortgage Company” field.  Unlike the record for Daddy’s property.

While in some cases mortgage companies will allow the homeowner to pay their taxes directly to the county instead of through escrow, they typically require that the loan-to-value ratio be less than 80%.  Which would not be the case if the Two Witnesses had refinanced all of their equity out of the house.

And where did all the equity come from?  Ron brags that his equity grew with the houses he’s lived in other the years.  Another version is given by a commenter on my old blog who described how Ron used free labor from church members while in Erie to build a house which he sold shortly after and moved to Toledo.  Ron is at odds with this and angrily claimed that all were paid for their labor.  I don’t personally have any proof either way but I do have an opinion as to who is more credible and whom I would believe.

Ron and Laura sold their home in Toledo in April of 2005 for $222,000, moving to their current $381,000 home in northern Kentucky.  At which Audra works on the church’s books and is served with summonses by IRS Criminal Investigation to reveal what she knows .  Although God made Ron a prophet in either 1997 or 1998 according to various of his claims, he didn’t have the foresight to set his equity aside and get a full mortgage at that time.  And although he told his followers to liquidate in 2006, he still had sizable equity in 2007 when he gave his Total Resolve sermon on the Last Great Day.

So where is Ron’s Total Resolve?