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For Sale: Prophet’s Hovel

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Audra_frontAlmost 8 years ago in 2007,  Audra moved into her own duplex just a few miles north of where the Two Witnesses live in a home on a golf course. The following year, Audra married Chris Little and settled in for a life of wedded bliss.

But in 2012, Christ failed to heed his second invitation from Ron to return. This meant that instead of being converted to a spirit being at Christ’s return, Ron had to go on trial for criminal tax evasion just a few weeks later. Although Chris attended Ron’s sentencing hearing in November of 2012 and sat beside Audra and about a dozen other church members on the side of the courtroom behind Ron and his 3 high priced attornies, the wedded bliss was about over.

By August of 2013, Chris and Audra were divorced.  Audra quickly recovered from the breakup, reportedly dating even before the ink was placed on the divorce decree and by February of this year was married to Edwin Van Horne.  Since Edwin lives in the Netherlands and reportedly has stable employment, the Van Horne’s live there and Audra comes to the States occasionally to show the flag and be ordained to higher rank in the visiting room at a Federal Correctional Institution.

Audra_entranceSo what to do about the condo?  Around a month ago, it went on the market.  Below is a clip of the realtor information.  Not listed among the selling points is that it is owned by the 3rd ranking prophet of God.  It does mention a short sale.  If what Audra paid matches the $140,000 tax valuation, she’s going to have to come up with some money to be able to sell it at the asking price of $125,000.  Too bad Audra’s prophecy skills don’t cover the decline in the real estate market.
———– Realtor’s description of Property —————————

Incredible unit 3 finished levels, wall of windows. Shower, sep whirlpool bath. Wood burning fireplace. Short sale. Buyer to check schools. Sold as is.

General Information

  • Beds: 2 Bed
  • Price: $125,000
  • Property Type: Single Family Home
  • Stories: 2
  • Baths:2 Full, 2 Half Bath
  • Lot Size: 1,742 Sq Ft Lot
  • Style: Traditional
  • Garage: 1 car garage

Bedrooms

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Master Bedroom Dim: 14 X 13
  • Bedroom-2 Dim: 12 X 11
  • Bedroom 2: 12×11 Level: 2
  • Master Bedroom: 14×13 Level: 2
  • Master Bedroom Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Bath Adjoins, Walk-in Closet, Dressing Area

Bathrooms

  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 2
  • Bath 1 Features: Shower, Tub

Kitchen and Dining

  • Dining Room Dim: 11 X 10
  • Dining Room: 11×10 Level: 1
  • Dining Room Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet
  • Formal Dining Room: Yes
  • Kitchen: 13×12 Level: 1
  • Kitchen Features: Vinyl Floor, Wood Cabinets, Pantry, Counter Bar, Walkout

Other rooms

  • Entry Dim: 10 X 4
  • Family Room Dim: 20 X 19
  • Kitchen Dim: 13 X 12
  • Laundry Room Dim: 14 X 13
  • Living Great Rm Dim: 20 X 12
  • Entry: 10×4 Level: 1
  • Entry (Foyer): Wood Floors, Closet, Open Foyer
  • Family Room: Yes
  • Family Room: 20×19 Level: Lower
  • Family Room Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Fireplace, Walkout, Wet Bar
  • Living/Great Room: 20×12 Level: 1
  • Living/Great Room Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet
  • Rooms: 7
  • Basement Feat: Finished, Walkout, Fireplace, WW Carpet
  • Basement: Full
  • Laundry Room: 14×13 Level: Lower

Interior Features

  • Cable Tv
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Recess Lights
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Attic Storage
  • 220 Volt
  • Possible Short Sale

Building and Construction

  • House Style: Traditional
  • Levels or Stories: 2
  • Construction: Brick
  • Foundation: Poured
  • Roof: Shingle
  • Windows: Insulated, Aluminum
  • Levels: 2 Story

Exterior and Lot Features

  • Patio
  • Deck
  • Views: Woods
  • Lot Square Footage: 1742

Garage and Parking

  • Number of Garage Spaces: 1
  • Garage: Attached, Front, Oversized
  • Parking: Driveway, Off Street

Heating and Cooling

  • Heating: Electric, Heat Pump
  • Cooling: Central Air
  • Fireplaces: 1
  • Fireplace: Wood, Ceramic

Utilities

  • Water Source: Public
  • Sewer: Public

Appliances

  • Oven/Range
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Little End

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

On Monday, the following comment was left on this blog:

To the ministry:

This is a notification to all of you so that you are informed that Audra Weinland has filed for divorce with Chris Little. There is no need for further information than this. However, since Audra is a sr. elder and works directly in the administration of the Church and works with many of you in the ministry, we wanted you to be aware of this. Audra is taking back her last name as Weinland. Her new email address is audra.weinland@cog-pkg.org

As my last email managed to be put on the Internet (which is really no big deal), we would prefer that this email not be passed out to others. You are being asked not to email this information to anyone, but you are certainly free to pass it along as general information to brethren in you personal conversations with them. Due to Audra’s importance in her position in the Church, it is good that brethren also be made aware of this change (but only in personal conversation and not by email).

I found this entry today on a court website:

13-CI-01172           LITTLE, AUDRA LYNN VS. LITTLE, CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS
BOONE
This is less than 5 years since they were allegedly married in Germany Union, KY on September 9, 2008. A lot has happened in that time: Chris and Audra sat together in the courtroom as daddy was sentenced to federal prison.  And Christ returned on 3 different occasions.  And now the divorce.

Scofflaw Weinland

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Before I get into the subject of this post, let me point out that it’s being published at the halfway point (to the nearest minute according to my calculations) “between the two evenings” of False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s “Day of the Lord”.  The “two evenings” are the moments of the last failed return of Jesus Christ on May 26 at 1636 UTC and the next failed return of Jesus Christ at 1613 UTC next May 19.  These moments are sundown in Jerusalem on those dates.  So “dawn” of the “Day of the Lord” should be breaking any moment now.  Will it break before False Prophet Ronald Weinland reports to prison on January 2?

Another aside: I’ve heard from several relations of PKG members that their PKG member insists that my website is “all lies” .  While I expect there are inaccuracies on my website throughout several years of blogging, those inaccuracies are unintentional.  If anyone can point to a factual error, I’ll correct it.  (Opinion and the explanations of False Prophet are not facts.)  I do try to put out factual information to support my opinions and not make stuff up.  I have added a “Criminal Case” page linked in the banner at the top of the blog with court filings.  Also have information for anyone who thinks I made them up to get the documents directly from the government source, with information provide on that page.

Here are excerpts of Audra’s testimony at the trial of her father, False Prophet Ronald Weinland.  Below is from the transcript of her testimony on Friday morning of the trial (available through the federal court’s online PACER system as Docket #81 of filings in Ron’s criminal case).

From page 117 through 119 of that transcript:

8 Q When did you get married, ma’am?
9 A September 9th of ’08.
10 Q And I think you told us your father performed the service?
11 A Uh-huh.
12 Q Where did that take place?
13 A In Germany.
14 Q Did you formally get married before you went over to
15 Germany?
16 A No.
17 Q Tell the jury about that trip. When did it happen and what
18 were the circumstances?
19 A My parents were going over there for — to go to church
20 there in the Netherlands and the UK, so I had planned on going
21 there previously before I got married and before we planned to
22 get married, and about — and my fiance, he was — at the time,
23 he was going to go with us also. So we had decided since we
24 weren’t going to have a big wedding that we were just — we
25 would rather — we were trying to figure out when we were going

*** DAILY TRANSCRIPT ***
Case: 2:11-cr-00070-DCR-CJS Doc #: 81 Filed: 06/14/12 Page: 117 of 139 – Page ID#: 832
AUDRA LITTLE – CONTINUED DIRECT – MR. MCBRIDE 118

1 to get married. So about three weeks before the trip, we
2 decided to get married over there on the first day we got there
3 instead of as opposed to a couple of weeks after we went there.
4 Q So did you fly from the United States to Germany?
5 A Yes.
6 Q And so you went to Germany for the purpose of having your
7 wedding?
8 A Well, originally we had already planned to go over there.
9 Q You were going to see congregations in London —
10 A Uh-huh.
11 Q — and then the Netherlands; right?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Do you have a congregation in Germany?
14 A No.
15 Q Who was in Germany?
16 A My brother was there.
17 Q So your brother, was he married at that time?
18 A Yes.
19 Q So he and his wife could join you for the wedding?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Anybody else from the family go with you besides your mom
22 and dad?
23 A No.
24 Q So you went and had — do you remember when the wedding —
25 so the date of your marriage is actually in Germany; correct?

*** DAILY TRANSCRIPT ***
Case: 2:11-cr-00070-DCR-CJS Doc #: 81 Filed: 06/14/12 Page: 118 of 139 – Page ID#:833
AUDRA LITTLE – CONTINUED DIRECT – MR. MCBRIDE 119

1 A I think so.
2 Q So you’re in Germany, and then how long were you in
3 Germany?
4 A I think two days.
5 Q Two days. Were your mom and dad there with you?
6 A Yes.
7 Q And where did you go from Germany?
8 A I drove with my brother and his wife and my husband, we
9 drove to Antwerp, Belgium, from there.
10 Q And what did you do there?
11 A We were there to go to the church in the Netherlands. It’s
12 right near the Netherlands.
13 Q Where did your mom and dad go?
14 A They flew — I’m not sure, I — I’m not actually sure. I
15 think they flew straight to Belgium, but I’m not positive.
16 Q That’s fine. So they went on to Belgium for the services?
17 A Yes.
18 Q Or to see a congregation?

Let’s recap.  Audra was married on September 9, 2008 in Germany while accompanying the Two Witness on one of their tours of Europe.  They were in the UK the prior Saturday, September 6 and then in Belgium the following Saturday, September 13.  Audra’s marriage was during the week in between during a side excursion to visit Jeremy.  After their return to Cincinnati, Daddy hosted a blow-out reception on September 20.

After attending the sentencing hearing last Wednesday, I took a trip to the Boone County Administration building in Burlington, KY and visited their Legal Records Department.  A record turned up for Chris and Audra’s marriage.  The image below is of their marriage certificate:


Here is the salient text:

“I do certify that Audra Lynn Weinland and Christopher Douglas Little were united in marriage on the 9th day of September at Union, Kentucky under the authority of the above license and in the presence of Laura Weinland and Jeremy Weinland. Given under my hand this 9th day of September, 2008 /signed/ Ronald Weinland, Minister of the Church of God”

Here are some relevant quotes on a guide to Kentucky marriage law from the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Kentucky:

Where license is issued
The license is to be issued in the county of the female’s residence, if she lives in Kentucky, unless she is eighteen years of age or over or a widow. See KRS 402.080. If the female is not a Kentucky resident or if she is over eighteen or a widow the license may be obtained from any county court clerk in Kentucky.

Marriage solemnized outside Kentucky
A Kentucky marriage license cannot legally be used for marriage purposes in another state; if it has been, it cannot legally be filed in the office of a Kentucky county clerk. See OAG 72-622.

It’s clear that Chris and Audra’s marriage is not legally entered into under the laws of the State of Kentucky. Unless Audra perjured herself during her testimony in federal court, her father perpetrated fraud on the State of Kentucky by signing a false document claiming that a marriage was performed on Kentucky soil on a date when all participants were in Germany.  Unless Germany has a town named “Union” in a province named “Kentucky”.  Seems that getting married under German law can be rather complex.  So much easier to scribble something handy on a Kentucky marriage certificate.

This is all consistent with Ron’s propensity to play fast and loose with the facts.

What amazes me is that people continue to follow someone with who repeatedly demonstrates a lack of integrity: not following through on promises that he would not adjust his prophecies and that he would admit to being a false prophet when the prophecies failed.  Someone who has set deadline after deadline for certain events which never materialize, such as the conquering of the US before the summer of 2009 and then by August of 2011.

I doubt that Ronald Weinland will face any legal consequences for the fraud perpetrated in the office of the Boone County Clerk.  And I doubt that any of his followers will consider this civil fraud documented in official government records since they already have discounted his religious fraud.

Audra Winds it Up

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

This is the last of my series of posts summarizing Audra’s time on the witness stand in the trial of a Witness, her daddy False Prophet Ronald Weinland. After reviewing Ron and Laura’s pattern of credit card charges, the prosecutor reviewed Audra’s expenses.

Trial transcripts are available on the Criminal Case page linked in the banner at the top.  Audra’s testimony is included in several parts:  Part 1 Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Audra moved in to her condominium near her parents’ home in January of 2007. Her parents paid for her mortgage during 2007 and 2008 and as well her utilities and homeowner’s association dues and for an alarm system. Ron bought her a 3-series silver BMW from the BMW Store in Cincinnati and paid for her auto insurance. Audra did contribute somewhat by trading in her prior vehicle.

Audra married Chris Little on September 9, 2008 in Germany while on a trip to Europe paid for by Daddy. While this limited the number of family members who could attend, her brother Jeremy was able to attend. After the ceremony, Jeremy drove Chris and Audra to Belgium in the BMW shipped to Germany for his use while Ron and Laura flew on ahead. Ron got Jeremy his Beamer while his only employment was for the church, maintaining the website and supervising church members who were translating Ron’s books. An Australian member did the Italian translation, and a member from the UK did the French translation. I’m not aware of any Italian or French PKG members.

Then there was a discussion of Ron’s dog Brody, a large black Russian terrier. Poor Brody got into some Macadamia nuts and his intestines were not the same after, requiring visits to the veterinarian which Ron put on his credit cards. Brody ended his miserable existence in the car of a member in Wisconsin. I doubt it was Macadamia nuts.  Probably Brody growled at Ron and was therefore the recipient of Ron’s death curse on anyone who would mock him to die slowly from the inside.

Then there was a discussion of the safe in Ron’s home, one described as the size of a typical stand-up kitchen refrigerator. Inside, Ron and Laura kept documents, credit cards, and a stack of cash about 2 inches high. Audra did not remember seeing any gold inside, but that could have been in a bag or some sort.

Ron and Laura keep extra food stashed in the basement, closets, and under beds. Also big jugs of water. Seems Ron didn’t trust on God to provide for the Two Witnesses when the End Times finally showed up.

Audra’s 2007 tax return was reviewed. Daddy filled it out. The tax return showed an income of $18,000 plus an IRA distribution from Audra’s old job for a total income of around $19,000. Ron put down itemized deduction of $10,122 which included real estate taxes of $1209. The bottom line tax due was $583 which corresponds to a 2007 taxable income of $5800-$5850 for a single person.

Let’s review: Audra got $1000/month of spending money. She had her $1000+/month mortgage paid for along with utilities and homeowner’s association dues. She had the use of a BMW paid for by Daddy who also paid the auto insurance. Yet she had income of only $18,000? Calculated by the same False Prophet who calculates the day of Christ’s return. This doesn’t pass the smell test. Audra should face criminal sanctions for that alone.

During the defense cross examination, Audra regurgitated her daddy’s explanations for Daddy’s Swiss bank accounts and the gold and jewelry Mommy wore. She was asked about some international wire transfers to the church accounts during December of 2008. There were a couple in the $5000 to $6000 range which was typical for transfers from overseas banks that collected overseas tithes. But there was one much larger, in the amount of $400,296.44. Audra didn’t know what that was for. During his 12/8/08 sermon, Ron announced he was closing the Swiss bank accounts and bringing the money back to the US.

The defense made a special point that Audra did not seek reimbursement for gas money to put in the car her parents bought so she could pick up tithe checks from the PO Box every other day and occasionally haul a few books to the post office. Then went over the mortgage and utilities her parents paid. Audra thought that went on for a year and a half. Which is about how long she had lived in Florence before the IRS special agents showed up on Daddy’s doorstep. The defense mildly chastised Audra of the vague chronological memory for not being sure exactly the duration for which Daddy and Mommy made her mortgage payments.

Audra also couldn’t answer when it was that she learned of the IRS investigation. Wonder if she found out about it on my blog.  My next post begins coverage of the testimony of the IRS special agent who investigated God’s end-time prophet.

Ron’s Total Resolve Credit Cards

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Note: I have now sorted through about two days of testimony on Weinland’s profligate spending, and have posts scheduled for the next several days to discuss it.

Trial transcripts are available on the Criminal Case page linked in the banner at the top.  Audra’s testimony is included in several parts:  Part 1 Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

During Audra Little’s lengthy testimony, False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s credit card charges were gone over.  This was necessary because Weinland commingled church and personal expenses.

In this exchange with the prosecutor, Audra reviewed her bookkeeping skillz:

Q Would you agree with me that the money for the church and your parents is mixed up together?
A Yes.
Q And that creates kind of a confusing circumstance for you, doesn’t it, for the bookkeeper?
A We have — we do it a little different now, it’s a little different.
Q I’m not talking about now, I’m talking about 2004 to 2008, for you 2007 to 2008.
A It’s not confusing for me, because I just pay it off.
Q Right. So you don’t have to worry about what’s a church expense —
A No.
Q — what’s a business expense?
A No.
Q And you just pay it off with church money?
A Right.
Q Because the only source of money your parents have, to your knowledge, is church money; right?
A Are you talking about my dad’s paycheck or —
Q Yeah.
A Yes.

The testimony discussed six different credit card accounts, two of which were with American Express each of which had two cards. The AmEx monthly statement includes both cards (one for Ron and the other for Laura) with charges for each listed separately.

Most of the charges discussed during the testimony were in the October 2007 through May of 2008 time frame. Let’s first review Ron’s activities during that period:

  •  2007, October 4 (Last Great Day): In his “Total Resolve” sermon, Weinland announces stepped up activity to prepare for his prophetic timeline including spending more money on Google Adwords to promote his books.  He announces that there would no organized Feast of Tabernacles in 2008.  Instead members were to send in second tithe on a weekly basis to fund the Internet advertising campaign.
  • 2007, October 7-20:  On their third trip crossing the Atlantic during 2007, Ron and Laura show their Total Resolve after the Feast of Tabernacles by going on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise vacation originating in Istanbul, including stops in Greece and Italy, and ending in Barcelona.
  • 2007, October 27: Weinland directs members to keep only 1/4 of second tithe for expenses to attend the holy days, and to send the remainder to him weekly in order to finance his Google ad campaign.  He claims to be refinancing his home to extract his equity to donate to the church.  This is done as a suggestion that his members do the same to show their Total Resolve.
  • 2007, November 3: Weinland discusses refinancing the equity in his house to give to the church.  He suggests waiting until 2008 to perform transactions that would have tax implications, stating it wouldn’t matter then.
  • 2007, December 29: Weinland promises that he would not change his prophecies if they fail, mocking those who did — “it’s about the paycheck.”
  • 2008, January: Weinland travels to New Zealand and Australia.  While there, he is filmed for a TV program which aired the following November on the Australian ABC network.
  • 2008, Feb 2: Weinland announces that some COG-PKG members are “sealed” as part of the 144,000 to be resurrected at Christ’s return.
  • 2008, February/March: Weinland travels to Europe, accompanied by elders from the US.
  • 2008, Mar 18:  Opening of the Seventh seal in the first timeline. In his sermon of Mar 22nd, Weinland claims that he never said anything would happen on that day despite the following statement in “2008 – God’s Final Witness”: “the world will be shocked and in horror on the day that the Seventh Seal is opened.”
  • 2008, Mar 29: In his “Three More Weeks” sermon, Weinland issues his “if by Pentecost…” declaration, in which he promised to stop preaching by Pentecost if evidence of the First Trumpet (destruction of vegetation and animals) not abundantly clear by then,  and also to admit he’s a false prophet if the Second Trumpet (the great loss of human life, “nukular” explosions in US port cities) does not occur by the end of July. (MP3 Audio Clip)
  • 2008, Apr 17: Blowing of the First Trumpet under the first timeline. Weinland supposedly “begins his job” as an End-Time Witness while traveling in Jerusalem together with his wife and Johnny and Myrtle Harrell.  Weinland posts to his blog announcing his wife Laura as second witness.
  • 2008, Apr 19: Weinland records his “Has Begun” sermon while in Jerusalem.  In this sermon Weinland performs the only exercise of his Witness powers by issuing a death curse against his mockers who are to die slowly from the inside.
  • 2008 May 3: Weinland offers to return extra donations above normal tithes and offerings, provided it’s asked for before Pentecost.  (According to him no one did.)
  • 2008, May 24: Weinland announces son Jeremy’s marriage (to Patricia Palacios of Spain) and move to Germany following a honeymoon to Cancun.
  • 2008, June 8 (Pentecost): Weinland continues to preach despite the lack of evidence of the First Trumpet.  By doing so, he defined himself as an Insane Liar according his “If by Pentecost” declaration of March 29.
  • 2008, June 21: Weinland announces the failures of his prophecies, but claims that he is still a prophet.  As a teaser he announces that a 50th Truth to be announced on the Feast of Trumpets (Sept 30). Members are to start saving all of second tithe (instead of sending 3/4 of it to Weinland) in order to attend an abbreviated Feast of Tabernacles (4 days only) later in the fall. That same day a speculated revised timeline circulates the anti-Weinland blog-o-sphere which was later verified to be correct.

There is a disadvantage when reading the transcript of the testimony as the dollar amounts of many of the charges are not mentioned.  In the courtroom is a projector system of sorts with a display monitor provided to each member of the jury.  Nevertheless, the pattern of charges was interesting once sorted out from the transcript.

Most of the credit card charges were for the intense Google advertising campaign that Ron was conducting during that time. Google billed his card on a daily basis, with charges as high as $2094 mentioned in the testimony.  Here are some of Ron and Laura’s non-Google credit card charges during this period:
• In Dallas, TX at Santa Fe Collect.
• Women’s Ready-to-Wear
• Hotel, Avis Rent-a-Car, and fuel charges
• Wingate Marriott Gift Shop
• Avis car rental charges in Corpus Christi, TX which is where Laura’s mother lives.

Another credit card, Delta AmEx:
• An over-the-limit fee for the period ending 11/16/2007 as the card had a credit limit of $50,000, there were charges that month $51,633.80.
• There was a charge for the Norwegian Jewel in Miami, Florida. There was some discussion that it might be for jewelry. However Norwegian Jewel is the name of one of the ships on the Norwegian Cruise lines. Also the name of the ship I determined 3 years ago was probably the ship on which Ron and Laura took their 12-day Mediterranean Total Resolve cruise following the 2007 Total Resolve feast.
• Multiple charges at the First Watch restaurant in Crestview Hills, KY near Weinland’s home.
• Multiple charges at Starbucks in Crestview Hills and Florence, KY and in Cincinnati
• Multiple charges at Panera Bread in Florence, KY and Hamilton, OH
• Airline travel to Phoenix, AZ for Ron and Laura
• Airline travel to Dallas, TX for Ron and Laura. Also for Audra.
• Airline travel to Orlando, FL.
• Travel expenses to the Detroit MI area: Fuel
• Bon Vie Somerset French restaurant in Troy, MI.

There were also charges for the Hyatt Hotel in Hawaii, arrival on Dec 30, 2007 and departure on Jan 1, 2008. These were Sunday and Monday nights on a layover on the trip to New Zealand and Australia that Ron and Laura went on in January of 2008.
• Stay at the Holiday Inn in Wellington, NZ
• Airline travel in Australia on Virgin Blue Fortitude and JetStar.
• Airline flight for Ron and Laura to Las Vegas, NV

Charges for the Las Vegas Venetian hotel, with arrival on Jan 21 and departure on Jan 23 of 2008. This would have been on Ron and Laura’s return from the trip to New Zealand and Australia. The prosecutor asked if this was for an elders conference. While Weinland has held several elders conferences there, there was not one during January of 2008 that I’m aware of.  These dates were on Monday and Tuesday nights as opposed to weekend dates. There had been an elders conference in the summer of 2007, and another held later on March 29, 2008, which is also when Ron issued his “If by Pentecost” declaration that he weaseled out of.
• Airline tickets for Ron and Laura to Honolulu
• In Illinois, at the Panera Bread in Decatur.
• Macaroni Grill in Florence.
• At Walmart in Florence
• Multiple charges at Kroger’s in Union for gas and groceries.
• J Alexanders restaurant near their home.
• Eye 1 and a separate doctor’s charge for optometry.

Laura’s charges on the same account:
• Bed, Bath, & Beyond in Crestview Hills
• Kroger’s in Florence and Union for gas and groceries
• $406.30 at Michael’s arts & craft store in Florence.
• Lowe’s hardware store in Florence
• Panera Bread in Hamilton, OH
• A SteamMop catalog purchase.
• Jared Galleria jewelry store in Crestview Hills
• $396.65 at Staples
• $2141.28 at LensCrafters

On another statement
• Palomino in Indianapolis
• Nordstrom’s in Indianapolis
• Johnston & Murphy shoe store in Indianapolis
• Country Inn & Suites in Champagn, IL
• Starbucks in Brownville, multiple charges
• Brio’s Italian restaurant in Newport
• A $96 massage at TouchArtist in Grapevine, Texas
• In Orlando, FL: Charges at California Pizza, Johnny Rockets, and Nordstroms
• Round trip airline tickets for Ron and Laura to Brussels and London for trip they took in March of 2008
• Qantas Airlines
• Continental Airlines to Hartford, CT from Ottawa
• Another ticket for Audra to go to Hartford
• Total charges by Ron on one statement of $112,288.04 including mostly Google charges

Audra’s memory was hazy on dates. She couldn’t remember which years the books were written. Here is an example:
Q Has your father ever traveled to Israel?
A Yes.
Q When did he travel to Israel?
A I don’t remember.
Q Was it ’08?
A Yes.

Another Weinland credit card bill was exhibited and charges discussed. This bill was paid on 5/18/08 according to a note written on the statement. Here were some of the other charges mentioned:
• Charges to Walgreen’s in Florence, KY which is near where Ron and Laura lives and also where Audra lives
• Charges to Kroger’s near their home.
• Charges to Panera Bread
• Pro Hosting KU of Midway. Perhaps this was a hosting service for some of Ron’s web sites.
• GPS4Rent, Limited. Ron may have rented a GPS on his trip to Israel in April of 2008.
• The Royal Hotel in Israel, and also the Hyatt in Jerusalem
• HotLink in Jerusalem, perhaps this is the company Ron used to connect to the Internet to make the posting on his blog announcing Laura as the second Witness. Or maybe it was Netbooth Internet in Jerusalem.
• Kafe Rimon Restaurant in Jerusalem.
• Ramshot (ph) Travel Agency in Tel Aviv.
• Drury Inn in Dayton, OH. Also Avis rental charges in Dayton. Wonder why Ron needed to stay there and rent a car, as it’s only about 60 miles from his $381,000 home.
• Charges in Auburn Hills, at the Hilton, at Speedway for fuel, and at Great Lakes which is the name of a mall in Auburn Hills.
• Airline charges of $559.37 for Jeremy’s wife Patricia to fly from Frankfurt to Cincinnati on May 22nd.
• A round trip ticket for Ron’s mother Ramona to fly on May 21st to attend Jeremy’s wedding on May 23, 2008. Audra didn’t remember Grandma being at Jeremy’s wedding.
• Airline charges for a round trip flight for Jeremy and Patricia departing from Cincinnati on May 26th to Cancun for their honeymoon.
• A ticket for Jeremy to fly to Germany on June 5th.
• Millennium Systems of Irvine, CA which does web design. Hmmm. I thought Jeremy did that.
• Brio’s in Newport
• Pro Hosting in Utah.
• Videotext.com, of Austin, Texas. They sell computer-based instruction for home schoolers.
• Tickets for Ron and Laura to fly to St. Louis, probably for their trip to Columbia, MO in May.
• A round trip ticket for Laura to Las Vegas.

From another credit card statement
• Charges for Emergency Systems of Florence for the alarm system.
• Merle Norman in Crestview Hills, KY near their home to replace Laura’s makeup ruined while on her trip to Israel.
• Abuelo’s in Crestview Hills, a Mexican restaurant
• Mobile Storage Group Equipment Rental, which may have been where Ron’s books were stored when the operation got too large to fit in the basement of his $381,000 home.
Another credit card, with statement closing date of April 23, 2008
• Multimedia Pros, which is the company that hosts the live Internet audio feeds for Ron’s sermons.

Another statement for charges during May of 2008 (included a payment made on May 7 for the prior month’s statement).
• Postrio in Las Vegas
• Monami Gabi restaurant in Las Vegas
• Tommy Bahama in Las Vegas
• Bellagio Giardini
• Grand Lux Café in Las Vegas
• AMC in Ontario
Weinland did not hold an elders conference in Las Vegas at that time, his March 29 elders conference was in Cincinnati.

Also reviewed was a credit card statement from 2004 which showed charges consistent with Weinland’s travels to visit congregations.

During examination of Audra about charges on Laura’s credit card was this exchange:
Q Lowe’s in Florence. Have you been to Lowe’s?
A Yes.
Q What does Lowe’s sell?
A Like home — I don’t know, all kinds of things, appliances.
Q Giant hardware store, isn’t it?
A Yeah.
Q The church isn’t building any projects, is it? They’re not —
A Not that I know of.
Q — building homes for the poor or anything?
A No.

While none of these charges are illegal individually, how is it that a humble Witness is able to patronize these upscale establishments on a gross salary of $5900/month and even $8750/month after paying the expenses for a $381,000 home?  Something didn’t fit in, and it was paying to Caesar that which was his.

In tomorrow’s posting, the remainder of Audra’s testimony is summarized.

Audra Can Take it to the Banks (And From Them)

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The direct examination of Audra Little in the criminal trial of False Prophet Ronald Weinland continued with a discussion of church operations.

Audra was asked about the legal structure of the church.  She was asked to read excerpts from the Certificate of Incorporation of the Church of God – PKG, Inc.  Here is the exchange:

Q: Would you read that for us, please?
A: “The corporation may have members, but not shareholders, and shall be governed by a board of directors who shall be selected in the manner provided by the bylaws. Prior to the first meeting of the members, the following persons will serve as directors of the corporation.”
Q: And whose name is underneath there?
A: Ronald Weinland.
On further questioning, Audra stated “I don’t believe that we have a board of directors.”

Steve Dalrymple and Greg Chipps were issued 1099s instead of W-2s, which meant they had to pay the full self-employment tax. Jeremy was also issued a 1099 supposedly for some work he did in 2008. Steve Dalrymple was in charge of book distribution following the 2007 Total Resolve Feast of Tabernacles but since has been cut loose to find other employment. There were a series of checks in the amount of $1910 which may have been paychecks.

Greg handles programming for the church, maintaining the Elder’s Management Console (EMC) which is a website for communicating privately with church elders. Also a website for feast registration. Greg puts charges for the church websites on his credit cards and then gets reimbursed by the church. Greg’s wife divorced him in 2008 after he left gainful employment to work for Ron for much less money.

Jeremy does some simple website work, which is updating the church website as Ron generates more sermons repeating the same nonsense mixed in with new signs and lying wonders. I think that all in all Jeremy gets more money than Greg for much less work.

Other elders are reimbursed for direct expenses relating to the church, such as rental of hotel conferences for local church gathering or church related travel.

The only W-2 employees of the church are Audra and Ron. When Audra started in 2007, she got $1000/month for spending money. In 2008 her salary increased to $32,000. Ron’s salary was a bit higher, during discussion of checks written from church bank accounts $5900 amounts were mentioned which I believe were monthly salary checks back in 2007. In 2008, similar transactions in the amount of $8750 were from church accounts written to Ron or Laura.

The examination then discussed the numerous church bank accounts and the Weinland’s numerous bank accounts and credit cards. The church has problems getting credit cards with a high enough limit to suit Ron. So they charge everything on their personal cards. Which are paid off by transferring the money to pay the monthly statement from a church account to a personal account.

Some of the bank statements were presented to the jury. Some accounts were in the name of Church of God – PKG and others for simply Church of God. For the last month of 2008, a couple of wire transfers from outside the country were mentioned: one for $50,000 and another for an amount not mentioned. Audra did not know what these were for. There are overseas bank accounts in Australia, Canada, and the UK for collecting of tithes from overseas members and then the funds are wire transferred to one of the church’s US accounts.

There was also an account in the name of “The-End.Com”, to which the copyright for Ron’s book is registered. For some reason the publisher, BookMasters, Inc. wrote a check to “The-End.com”. Maybe a royalty check?

These may be multiple corporations. I have previously determined the church tax ID as EIN 341799827, there was testimony of an account with an EIN ending in 0581.

Then another interesting aside about a check that Audra wrote:
Q. Do you remember why you wrote that?
A. Because I was told to.
Q. Okay. Who would have told you to?
A. My mom.
Q. You don’t know why you wrote that check?
A. No. She tells me what to do.
Q. Is she kind of your boss?
A. Yes.
Q. My mother tells me what to do too.

Part of Audra’s testimony concerned checks written from Weinland’s personal accounts for utility bills. Not only were Ron and Laura’s utility bills paid from their personal account, but so were Audra’s mortgage, utility, homeowner’s association, and Internet bills. This on top of her salary.

There were a number of large checks, multiple thousands of dollars written back and forth between church and personal accounts. Ten different church bank accounts and seven different personal accounts were discussed. At times Audra would transfer funds in even dollar amounts such as $15,000, $25,000, or $40,000 from a church account to a personal account. This funds would then be used to pay down the credit card balance in the middle of a statement period (extra payment) so that Ron and Laura would have credit remaining on their card.

The majority of the credit card charges were for Google advertising — but not all. This will be discussed in my next posting on Audra’s testimony.

A Lotta Little Testimony

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The witness who spent the most time on the witness stand in the criminal trial of False Prophet Ronald Weinland was Senior Elder Audra Little, church bookkeeper (well not really), and daughter of the Two Witnesses.  She was on the stand from 1 PM on the 4th day of the trial until mid-afternoon of the following day.

The questioning started with Audra’s background.  Her post-high school education included some business courses and an accounting class at community colleges.  She worked at an appliance store in Maumee, Ohio for 9 years.  She lived with Ron and Laura at their Toledo area home until they moved to Kentucky in 2005, but couldn’t remember which year that was.  Audra later moved to Kentucky early in 2007 to work for the church.  Audra married her husband Chris on September 9, 2008 while on a trip accompanying the Two Witnesses on one of the 3 trips they made to Europe that year.

The testimony covered Jeremy’s activities.  He attended school at community college, Cincinnati State, and Northern Kentucky University.  Jeremy lived in Audra’s condo for a time in 2007 and later married his wife Patricia and moved to Germany.

Next, the questioning turned to Audra’s duties for the church.  She termed herself as “office administrator”.  Her duties were to pick up the mail from Ron’s Cincinnati post office box, depositing tithe checks and forwarding mail to various church elders.  She balances the checkbooks and pays the bills for Weinland’s numerous credit cards.  She also handled the mailing out of Ron’s books when she started that job early in 2007, but later that operation was moved out of Ron’s basement to another location with Steve Dalrymple in charge.

Audra described picking up the tithe checks from the church PO box.  She made the trip to Cincinnati about every other day and ordinarily picked up enough checks to require 3 or 4 deposit slips, each of which can list 17 checks.  She made records of the tithes on a computer program set up by Greg Chipps, so she could send out a quarterly tithe report.  That is at least to the US members, who are eligible to deduct tithes from there income for tax purposes.  Unlike members in other countries who don’t have that opportunity since PKG is not registered outside the US.  Marriage ceremonies conducted by Ron or his elders overseas have to be backfilled with a trip to the equivalent of the courthouse.

Audra mentioned the geographic distribution of PKG members.  Cincinnati and Georgia are the largest, followed by Detroit/Toledo.  In some locations members gather in rented hotel conference rooms arranged by local elders who are reimbursed by the church.  Steve Dalrymple handles the Cincinnati area meeting location.

However, there were no members in Las Vegas.  Ron and Laura have traveled on the Church’s dime for both elders conferences and personal trips.  She also mentioned members in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands.  And a few in the Middle East. The foreign areas have bank accounts at which tithes are collected for transfer to the US.

She described how members would listen to Ron on the Internet as he traveled, live if in the US or pre-recorded if overseas.  Sermon tapes can be sent out by April Combs for the older members who don’t access the Internet. Steve Dalrymple rents the hotel room in the Cincinnati area and submits an expense to Audra for reimbursement.

As senior elder, Audra can anoint people, and also counsel with someone if told to.  But she does not minister to a particular congregation.  When asked if she was an “at-large elder”, she did not understand the term.  She was unclear as to how long she had held the position to which she was ordained in January of 2010.  When asked the structure of the church, she said that her dad was at the top with evangelists, senior elders, and elders.  While some members said that God and Jesus Christ were above Ron, Audra’s answer is the accurate one.

Audra couldn’t remember whether it was 2008 or 2009 that she and Chris went to Hawaii for the feast (it was 2009). She was right on target in one exchange:
Q Who decides where the Feast of the Tabernacles will take place?
A My dad chooses the sites.
Q Do you know what criteria he uses?
A No.
Q Is there anything in your belief system that might guide criteria to pick the place of the Feast of the Tabernacles?
A I don’t think so.

Based on the responses to other questions by PKG members called to testify, I think they would have replied that God chose them by placing his name there — even the ones who have not been part of Weinland’s massive ordination program which included both of his children.

With a heavy work schedule, I haven’t yet sorted through all of Audra’s testimony. But I expect to blog more on Audra’s day in the spotlight over the next couple of weeks before the sentencing hearing.

One Purpose Only

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

On various occasions, False Prophet Ronald Weinland has explained the bling on Laura’s fingers.  Here is his statement on October 24, 2009:

Laura and I do something else a little unique because of our traveling.  We’ve had and do carry with us certain jewelry, of which some of the church has purchased portions and we have others as well ourselves.  That we are using for one purpose only.  And that’s bartering.   Wherever we might be, at some point in time — I don’t care where it is, that we be prepared for whatever takes place.  The ability to barter — transportation, or whatever thing else we need to do to get from one place to another to do something else that might need to be accomplished.

Laura’s jewelry was discussed during Ron’s criminal trial.  Here is the summary of that testimony summarized by one of the jurors on the trial:

Jewelry, jewelry, who’s got the jewelry?
As part of the testimony, we heard from an employee of Jared Jewelers who handled much of the Weinland’s jewelry purchases and repairs.
We saw receipts and statements for jewelry purchases and payments, spanning 2007 to 2009. There were several quite expensive rings, totaling a couple hundred thousand dollars, if not more. It seemed that Laura had quite a taste for diamonds and opals. The defense for these purchases, of course, was that they were a safety net to be used to barter when the end came, and when money was worthless. They would take this jewelry with them when they traveled the world, in case they suddenly found themselves in a place that didn’t take American Express. They claimed that this was the church’s jewelry, not Laura’s. It just happened to be sized to fit Laura’s fingers, and custom designed to fit Laura’s taste.
As is the practice with this jeweler, customers with good taste do not generally buy something “off the rack.” The stones are selected first, and then the setting/ring is selected and purchased, and then the two are combined into one piece of custom jewelry. As we were given descriptions of each piece, the prosecution asked the witness from Jared if it would have been more economical to just purchase the each of the stones without having them made into elaborate rings, and of course the answer was yes.
The point that the prosecution was making was that if the sole purpose of these jewels was for bartering in an emergency, they wouldn’t have gone to all the trouble of having them made into custom-designed jewelry for Laura. The actual role that these pieces were serving (in REALITY, not in the fantasy of post-apocalyptic trading that may happen someday) was to feed Laura’s vanity and to give her something shiny to wear on each of her fingers.
Not all of the pieces of jewelry were designed and purchased by the Weinlands at Jared, yet Jared had a record and an appraisal for each of the pieces, including the ones purchased in Australia. Jared had these records because earlier THIS year, April or May of 2012, Laura had all of her jewelry taken to Jared for the purpose of cleaning and repairs. Each piece was photographed, evaluated, appraised and recorded for insurance purposes, and to make sure that there could be no confusion as to the description of each one-of-a-kind ring. It was noted by the witness that Laura, Ron and Audra were all present when the rings were being dropped off at Jared and the instructions given to the jewelers as to what repairs should be done to each. Mysteriously, many of the rings were being resized. The prosecution did not ask WHY they were being resized, but the answer was hinted at with the next pieces of evidence…
For each of the pieces dropped off for repair, a receipt was signed when they were picked up again by the customer. However, it was not Ron who picked up this jewelry, nor was it Laura. It was Audra who picked up and took possession of all of the expensive rings, containing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of diamonds, opals and gold, just a few weeks before Ron’s trial was set to begin. Were these rings being resized for Audra’s fingers? Did Audra give the rings back to Laura or was the intent for her to keep them? Was Laura trying to shift ownership of some of their personal wealth in case the trial did not go as planned, and the government decided to seize their assets?
Unfortunately, these questions were not answered in the trial. So the burning question still remains- “Who’s got the jewelry?”
 I have a feeling that the answer to that burning question will soon be: “The IRS”.
Yet PKGers prefer to believe the nonsense put out by Weinland’s spin machine.  Such as arguing that Ron was convicted of 5 counts of criminal tax evasion because his church doesn’t own a building.  Or expressed in comments such as “I’ve previously talked to Laura about a bit of the history of it… personally I’m not surprised it turned out this way – it is man’s system after all… We know what the money was used for and I don’t have a problem with it…. ”  and “it had to do in part about the money they had over in Switzerland then brought back to use on the Google advertising, etc.. issue was whether they had to pay taxes on it because it was for church use”.  It turns out that the IRS started the investigation, not because of the Swiss bank accounts, but rather because of his profligate spending.
And this comment by a member: “I know in my mind this is God’s church, and I know Ron well enough that he wouldn’t swindle it for his own personal gain.”  Twelve jurors obviously thought differently about that.  Perhaps you will come to understand that as well.
In related news, the horse did not learn to speak.   Judge Reeves has ruled on the motion Ronnie’s high-priced legal team filed for acquittal, and it didn’t turn out in his favor.  The government had a powerful response to the defense motion.  The judge’s ruling concluded:
At the conclusion of its case-in-chief, counsel for the United States outlined and summarized a great deal of the evidence it had presented. Without repeating this summary, the Court noted then – and notes now – that the evidence presented was more than sufficient to overcome a motion for judgment of acquittal. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that the defendant’s motion under Fed. R. Crim. P. 29(c) to set aside the verdict and enter a judgment of acquittal is DENIED.