The endless list of scandals involving Brazil’s multinational church

The evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is tied up in allegations of corruption and abuse on both sides of the Atlantic

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Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Photo: IURD

That Evangelical churches have carved out a significant niche of influence in Brazilian public life is no secret. Neither is it news that many of these organizations are tied up in corruption schemes involving massive amounts of money. In Rio de Janeiro, prosecutors are investigating an alleged money laundering racket connected to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which is among the largest Evangelical charismatic institutions in the Americas.

Suspicions stemmed from a report from Brazil’s money laundering enforcement agency Coaf, which identified the “atypical” transfer of BRL 5.9 billion (USD 1.05 billion) between May 2018 and April...

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