Satan’s Lash

After Senior Elder / Bookkeeper Audra Weinland Little finished her lengthy testimony in the criminal trial of False Prophet Ronald Weinland, it was the turn of the case special agent.

Trial transcripts are available on the Criminal Case page linked in the banner at the top.  Agent Palmisano’s testimony is included in two parts:   Direct examination and Cross Examination with Redirect.

Special Agent Palmisano has held that title for 21 years. She is currently current a supervisory special agent with her promotion during January 2011. She was assigned to the Florence, KY office while a special agent, and then to Lexington, KY after her promotion.

Agent Palmisano’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting before becoming a special agent, and then a master’s degree in accountancy from Northern Kentucky University in 2005 with a minor in taxation. This degree was obtained under an IRS scholarship program for which there was strong competition from 350 applicants for 25 slots. (Unlike the Church of God – PKG scholarship program for which there was only one slot and no competition for Jeremy.)

Special Agent Palminso trained her at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) operated by the Department of the Treasury. This included 2 ½ to 3 months of general law enforcement training including firearms handling, and about the same length of time for training on IRS criminal investigation. This included training different methods of proof for determining income including the specific item method which includes checks and credit card charges. There is also an annual training requirement for Continuing Professional Education.

In late April or early May of 2008, Agent Palmisano received information from one of Weinland’s banks under the Bank Secrecy Act concerning the large transactions through the church and personal accounts the Weinlands had there. She reviewed Weinland’s tax returns and other public sources and after reviewing this information opened a full investigation at the end of June, 2008.

On July 2, 2008 Special Agent Palmisano along with Special Agent Valentine confronted Ron Weinland at his $381,000 home on a golf course. They arrived at 10:55 AM. In accordance with IRS policy, they displayed their badges and credentials. Weinland admitted them inside and the interview was conducted at his dining room table. Agent Palmisano informed him of his rights as required by IRS guidelines.

The discussion started with his position in the church and his salary, which was $5900/month during the years 2004 through 2007 and then increased to $8750/month in 2008. But of this salary he deducted 50% as a parsonage allowance, to include his mortgage payment, taxes, utilities, and maintenance.

Special Agent Palmisano brought along copies of Weinland’s 2003, 2004, and 2005 tax returns, and Laura made copies of their 2006 and 2007 tax returns. When asked about personal and church bank accounts, he listed the financial institutions. He went on to disclose foreign bank accounts at which tithes were accumulated and forwarded to Cincinnati headquarters.

When asked about any other foreign accounts, he disclosed his Swiss bank accounts, stating that these were church funds held in his name and that he had made 4 annual deposits of $100,000 each for a total of $400,000. This contradicts statements he made in his December, 2002 sermon in which he indicated he planned to open the account with $200,000 and statements made in May, 2003 which indicated with historical currency fluctuations that the account was initially funded with closer to $300,000.

Agent Palmisano attempted to find out about the operations of the church, at which point Weinland became defensive. When asked for financial records, he claimed to have problems with a computer system set up by Greg Chipps. At the close of the interview, Agent Palmisano gave him a summons for the church records. She did not receive them until 3 weeks before the trial when she was buried with 14,000 pages of records.

During the next sermon on July 5 following Agent Palmisano’s visit, Ron mentioned great trials and Satan lashing out. Agent Palmisano issued summonses to numerous financial institutions that same month. Weinland filed a civil motion to quash the summons, making the investigation public knowledge which was published on a certain blog in August of 2008.

21 Comments

  • Rterlecki says:

    Damn you are good Mike.

  • Anon says:

    Love the way he threw Greg under the bus when it suited him.

    Incoming monies are so meticulously organized, there is no way someone will accidentally get baptized prior to sending payment.

    Outgoing monies are not really tracked, and left disorganized so that they can spend whatever they want and play stupid.

    It was unChristian of him to put up an attitude when the agents came for the interview – the best opportunity to show good faith cooperation if there were genuine mistakes made!

    But blame Greg for bookkeeping issues? Good grief!!! Behold the Only Church (TM) where God is working. Yeah, likely.

  • Anon says:

    It is becoming very apparent why the verdict was so strong and unanimous.

  • Rterlecki says:

    $1700.00 suits to an orange jump suit. One more week!!!!!

  • It’s a rarity we admire in Special Agent Palmisano: Totally qualified competence.

    Those of us associated with the Armstrongist cult have pretty much forgotten what that’s like.

  • Mark says:

    You should put a countdown timer to RW’s sentencing on Federal criminal tax evasion.

  • Now that the sentencing is just a week away, we can do the math in our head.

  • Budgie Smugglers says:

    It would seem that , due to her workload, and Ron’s lies and devious behaviour, maybe Special Agent Palmisano, has yet to uncover the full extent of the ” rust” in the Weinland camp, Weinland’s holding back on financial documents until 3 weeks before his trial, shows his unwillingnes to co-operate ……. that should be a charge against him in itself ! And, begs the question , are the documents of financial statements honest and truthful ? or “doctored ” versions of what actually happened ? I think he would have been far more co-operative, if they threw is sorry a55 in the slammer, back in 2008 , and then proceeded with the investigation ? Thereby eliminating any opportunity of further cover-up and deceit.
    However, congratulations on a job well done, to Special Agent Palmisano, and her staff ! 😀

  • Actually, I have found that what might be considered “the low level workers” in government are quite proficient, efficient and competent: They know their stuff. This is especially true in the Social Security Administration. It’s nice to find people who do things by the book. I have a great admiration for folks like Special Agent Palmisano.

    Now if Weinland had just done things “by the Book” there wouldn’t be these problems for him.

  • 9Skipper0 says:

    Hello Mike & Fellow bloggers,
    The dollar figures are interesting and easily accountable if deposited as cheques & deposits via on line banking. I wonder how much of the the ca$h offerings made it to the various bank accounts of COG- PKG either in the US or any of the international branches

  • jack635 says:

    I’m sure any time Ron was present to receive tithes in person, absolutely none of the actual cash was ever deposited in an account of any type.

  • Alan Dale says:

    reply to Douglas …..Ron does do things by the book …his book ..after all he wrote it ..maybe he can read it to the whole cellblock soon

  • Avalokiteshvara says:

    Hmmm…ALL his prophecies have failed…he has repeated lied to his church and the US government…his theology is in stark opposition to the Bible…he is a convicted THIEF…he issued death threats against anyone that calls him out on his lies…

    …what a pleasant fellow this Ronald Weinland is…

  • Jocko says:

    “What a pleasant fellow this Ronald Weinland is”.

    I agree. Nice guys always finish last.

  • Avalokiteshvara says:

    Y’know…I find it “funny” that Ronnie cursed his mockers to death:

    1. Jesus Christ, for whom Ron pretends to speak, admonished his followers to BEAR, TOLERATE, and FORGIVE mocking, for even he himself was mocked as Messiah.

    2. “The best way to drive out the Devil is to mock him, for he cannot bear scorn…” Martin Luther

    3 ” The devil…the prowde spirite…cannot endure to be mocked.” Thomas More

    4. It would seem Ronnie hates being mocked so much that he threatens death…

    I would conclude that Ronald Weinland is allied with Satan if indeed he is allied with anything spiritual at all…

  • excogger says:

    By all the evidence, Ron Weinland is allied with his various bank accounts and the contents of his wallet.

  • Budgie Smugglers says:

    I may be wrong, but from what I’ve seen & heard of ‘ol Bubble-head, It would seem as if his Prophet-Witness-Ministery career, may just be a weird childhood fantasy , like Cowboys & Indians, where he is the besieged, yet heroic figure like a Sheriff, which he plays out in adult life ? and has discovered a way to make a fortune from it ! ( Waggons Hooooooo ! ) Hahahaha
    Even Bonanza ?

    Deut : 18 22 “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true,
    that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously.
    Do not be afraid of him.”
    If he gets a prison term on the 14th ( more than likely) 😀 He’d be lucky to get the job of “bucket boy” ?……. Oh how the mighty have fallen !
    So his time of being right, and everyone else is wrong will soon be over……..anyway, did he not prophesy, back in 2006, that in “18 months” he would no longer be their Pastor, and would no longer be teaching the word ‘o God ? ( well its happening now, and I suspect, its the only thing he said that will come to pass in three and one half years ) * LoL ….. even louder laughter *

  • Budgie Smugglers says:

    Well, according to our ‘ol 300 pound blue tassel bearded ballerina, ( Tiny Dancer , for short ), Jesus will be there in around 48 hours.
    I hope for his sake he managed to get Isaiah out of the belly of the great fish by now, and has managed to get him a fresh set of threads and sandals for the occasion ? Oh, and a fresh bag of dates for pre-arrival munchies ? Hahahaha What I also hope for , is that he appears himself on his next tube vid, to explain what ( did’nt ) happen, ………. and also someone make a cartoon of him, being thrown into the lake of fire, which he’s recently been threatening everyone else with ! ( He’s now referring to himself as the second Witness )
    I thought the Witness thing was a bit un-fashionable since May 26, amongst these poopie-prophets these days ? 😀

  • Avalokiteshvara says:

    He even said that the sun looked brighter when he recorded his last video (the sun will scorch all us sinners on Friday)!!

    Yup, Zerubabbel the 300 pound Bearded Blue Tasseled Ballerina of Religious Stupidity is still holding on to his latest delusion…Friday is absolutely definitely for sure the Day when Y’h’wh will pour out his wrath on anyone who doesn;t wear blue tassels and listen to Zerubabbel the False Prophet…

    …until it doesn’t happen and he explains to us again how WE don’t understand how it all works and he is still a true prophet even though blah blah blah…

  • Budgie Smugglers says:

    Avalo said : “…until it doesn’t happen and he explains to us again how WE don’t understand how it all works and he is still a true prophet even though blah blah blah…”

    Yeah, Avalo….. do you remember how our ‘ol 300 pound Bearded Blue Tasseled Ballerina of Religious Stupidity , said many times previous, that he had been ” plucked from the lake of fire ” and sent to us blah, blah , blah, …….. WTF ? That statement was even telling us he is sent by Satan …… I was never on fire, where you ? and if he came from there, then surely he’s going back ? and Jesus is’nt gonna show up for that full ‘o s&it fool ! The only tootie Truthie in all this is that famous ‘ol Easy-keel one 😀 that says :
    Ezekiel 22: 27 Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. 28 Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’_when the LORD has not spoken.

  • Velvet says:

    “Incoming monies are so meticulously organized, there is no way someone will accidentally get baptized prior to sending payment.”

    Yep.

    “But blame Greg for bookkeeping issues? Good grief!!! Behold the Only Church (TM) where God is working. Yeah, likely.”

    My point precisely. Also don’t forget the salient fact that (as an anonymous source emailed me in 2008) even the elders pay tithes.

    So, not only are the two Witlesses willing to dump their sick dog so its’ death is on someone else’s hands (or so they think), not only are they willing to lord it over the brethren with expensive jewels and clothing when the brethren in question can’t afford groceries, not only are they willing to reveal privileged communication from the members to Weinland as a minister of a very small sect (but a minister notwithstanding), but. BUT.

    The Weinlands are also apparently willing, in their zeal to serve Mammon alone, to wring every last dollar they can, EVEN OUT OF THE ORDAINED MINISTRY. Leave aside the fact that they’re not authoritative ordinations, that’s not my point.

    My point is this. There are very, very, few people in this world, who would sink so low, as to demand tithes from God’s ministers. And every single one of those Mammon-worshipping children of their father, the devil, has a set-in-stone date with Jesus, at the final judgement.

    Rotten Ron, on the other hand, ALSO has a set-in-stone date with Club Fed in seven days. Which, if Weinland had any kind of conscience or empathy at all, he wouldn’t really be worried about, considering that, when he comes up in the Third Resurrection (supposing he does–there is a chance, however remote, that even the Two Witlesses might come up in the Second Rez, for having never really known the truth in the first place), it is going to be one long walk off a very short pier, and a quick, warm, swim. Then even his memory will die.

    That is to say, the fact that Ronald Eugene Weinland and his wife Laura, EVER lived on this earth, or did anything at all, in connection with the human race, will be absolutely REMOVED from all of time and space. Oblivion is NOT a light word, and that is EXACTLY what it means, when the Bible says “even their memory dies.”

    Given Rotten Ron’s predilection for being the centre of attention, I would say THAT prospect would keep him up at night. Much moreso than anything this world’s courts are going to throw at him in seven days.

    But, eh, probably not.