Joel Osteen’s Megachurch Is Paying Back $4.4 Million In PPP Loans

Celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch is repaying millions of dollars it received in COVID-19 disaster funds that prompted backlash last year. Houston-based Lakewood Church received about $4.4 million through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to cover payroll and other expenses while shutting down in-person services for seven months last year, according to the Houston Chronicle. The church received widespread backlash, with critics calling out the need to separate church and state, especially considering most churches in the U.S. are tax-exempt. Lakewood defended its decision, claiming that none of the money went to Osteen…

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‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Star Arkansas Mo Sentenced To 17.5 Years For PPP Fraud

   The federal government ain’t playing with it comes to fraud—especially those using money from the Paycheck Protection Program, aka PPL loan, for purposes other than business. According to new documents obtained by sources, former ‘Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta’ star Arkansas Mo, born Mo Fayne, the ex-husband of Karlie Redd, is about to serve 17.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to 6 counts, including bank and wire fraud.   As we previously reported, Mo used his PPP loan to cover $40k in past-due child support, $85k jewelry, $136k for…

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