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Updated on July 9, 2020 9:52 am
Updated on July 9, 2020 9:52 am
Updated on July 9, 2020 9:52 am

T&T Cops To Detain Millions In Pastor’s Tithe Money

Trinidad Guardian:- Se­nior of­fi­cers of the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Branch (FIB) are ex­pect­ed to make an ap­pli­ca­tion to a Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate to­day to de­tain ad­di­tion­al mil­lions re­cov­ered from the Third Ex­o­dus As­sem­bly Church in Long­denville head­ed by Pas­tor Vin­worth Day­al last Thurs­day.

It took in­ves­ti­ga­tors close to three days to count the ad­di­tion­al mon­ey with the as­sis­tance of sev­er­al billing count­ing ma­chines that were found at the church in a cab­i­net filled with sev­er­al bags with tithe en­velopes.

Sources say the fi­nal count was be­tween two and five mil­lion dol­lars and was con­clud­ed over the week­end. The mon­ey bags had con­tained $20, $10, $5 and $1 bills.

Sources told Guardian Me­dia that this ad­di­tion­al mon­ey to­geth­er with the 29 mil­lion dol­lars al­ready seized through a court or­der will be part of the same in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Of­fi­cers had vis­it­ed the church last Thurs­day with Pas­tor Vin­worth present as they widened their in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the fi­nan­cial op­er­a­tions of the church af­ter the pas­tor at­tempt­ed to change close to $29mil­lion in old $100 bills on De­cem­ber 31 to the new poly­mer note.

That mon­ey was lat­er seized by po­lice af­ter a court or­der was ob­tained.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior po­lice source, the mon­ey had to be count­ed with­in 96 hours so the law­men can go to court and ob­tain a de­ten­tion or­der to have the mon­ey law­ful­ly de­tained for three months un­der the Pro­ceeds and Crime Act so they can pur­sue fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The po­lice had to go to the court be­fore the count­ing of the $29 mil­li­on that was brought in by Pas­tor Day­al on De­cem­ber 31 to en­sure the amount could be law­ful­ly de­tained be­fore the De­cem­ber 31 dead­line. If this had not been done the mon­ey would no longer have been rec­og­nized as le­gal ten­der.

On Thurs­day last, in­ves­ti­ga­tors al­so went to a La Ro­maine house oc­cu­pied by the pas­tor’s rel­a­tives where they seized doc­u­ments.

At the church, that same day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found thou­sands of en­velopes that con­tained tithes, ac­cord­ing to Pas­tor Day­al, who was present dur­ing the search. The pas­tor ex­plained that there were large brown en­velopes with small­er white en­velopes in­side. The white en­velopes con­tained old $100 bills that were re­moved to be ex­changed and the brown en­velopes con­tained all the “oth­er types of bills.”

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young said on De­cem­ber 5 that the new poly­mer $100 bill would help au­thor­i­ties in their fight against mon­ey laun­der­ing and oth­er il­le­gal op­er­a­tions.

The pub­lic was ad­vised to change their old $100 bills for the new poly­mer ban­knotes by De­cem­ber 31, 2019. How­ev­er, the pas­tor came un­der scru­ti­ny af­ter he tried to change close to $29 mil­li­on on the fi­nal day of 2019.

On Fri­day night last Pas­tor Vin­worth in a ser­mon to his fol­low­ers at the cen­tral church claimed that “Sa­tan was try­ing to make him fa­mous” and was un­re­pen­tant about the en­tire sit­u­a­tion.


  1. The Monies Should be Returned to the Church Members .That thief all these pastors all over the World are the Same

    • The “lord” has never given anything, he’s just a figment of some people’s imagination.
      This thieving corrupt preacher took it away.

  2. If you don’t know what to speak you had better all keep quiet. Tithes are not stolen money. Be careful less you find out that you had fought against the very one who brought to this life

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