Court documents relating to the removal of the body of elders in the Menlo Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (California, USA), the seizing of control of millions of dollars of congregation assets by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, and the related RICO Enterprise civil lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase Bank et al.
In 2010 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York seized control of millions of dollars of prime real estate assets belonging to the Menlo Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, California, by forcefully removing the body of elders and dispersing the congregation. Money invested by the congregation was also removed from their bank accounts by Watchtower representatives. Those within the congregation that objected to this were threatened with disfellowshipping. Those congregation members who actually spoke up against the scandal were later disfellowshipped.
Allegations of corruption, collusion, banking fraud, and a “money laundering scheme” have since been leveled against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, their lawyers, and their bankers, JPMorgan Chase Bank.
Civil Case: c13-01955 JSW
Civil Case: c12-01372 CRB
Civil Case: cv10-03907
Civil Case: cv13-4917
Documents marked with a [ * ] shed insight on the inner workings of the Watch Tower Society and their financial and legal relationships with congregations.
CIVIL CASE AGAINST DON ADAMS, JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, WATCHTOWER
CIVIL CASE AGAINST JPMORGAN CHASE BANK ET AL [RICO ENTERPRISE]
LETTER ISSUED BY WATCHTOWER REMOVING THE BODY OF ELDERS
CIVIL CASE (CV10-03907) – SEIZING OF CONGREGATION ASSETS BY WATCHTOWER
On April 21, 2015, Jonathan Cobb commenced action to initiate a Californian state statute that would rescind religious tax exemptions for religious organisations that interfered with legal proceedings.
California Religious Institutions and Crime Initiative (2016)
The Religious Institutions and Crime Initiative (#15-0023) was an initiated state statute that did not make the ballot in California for the election on November 8, 2016.
Supporters called the initiative The Conti Cobb Act of 2015, which references Candace Conti v. Watchtower Bible Tract Society.
Ballot title: “Religious Organizations. Initiative Statute.”
“Rescinds religious tax exemptions for religious organizations that interfere with legal proceedings by not complying with court orders, concealing or failing to report criminal activity, promoting false testimony, or using intimidation to prevent others from taking legal action against them. Rescinds religious tax exemptions for religious organizations that lobby government or that are associated with terrorist groups. Prohibits such religious organizations, and religious organizations that commit or are involved in other crimes, from asserting ecclesiastical privilege and/or the rights of free speech and freedom of religion as defenses to liability in legal proceedings.”
Fiscal impact statement:
Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state’s legislative analyst and its director of finance.
“If implemented, possible minor increase in state or local government revenues if any entities are found to violate the measure’s provisions and a possible minor increase in state or local government costs to investigate claims arising under the measure.”
Path to the ballot
- Jonathan D. Cobb submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on April 21, 2015.
- A title and summary were issued by California’s attorney general’s office on June 25, 2015.
- 365,880 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
- Supporters had until December 22, 2015, to collect the required signatures.
- The secretary of state’s office reported the measure had failed on January 7, 2016.
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