Guilty Father

Moon did not pay his taxes

Soon after Sun Myung Moon opened an account at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1973, the Korean evangelist came by to make a deposit accompanied by two women carrying large purses stuffed with an assortment of bills. It took clerks an hour to count the currency, which totaled $100,000. A Chase banker recalled the women's saying that the money came from street sales of flowers by members of Moon's Unification Church. The Moonies, who refer to their leader as "Father," and who regard him as a manifestation of God, were zealous collectors of funds, and deposits...

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