BUDDHIST MONKS HELD OVER TAX SCAM

I. CHECK YOUR DONATION RECEIPTS.

OTHERWISE, IF “FAKES,” (SEE BELOW) YOUR DONATION DEDUCTIONS MAY BE DISALLOWED.

II. CHECK THE CANCELLED CHECK IMAGES COMING BACK TO YOU (ALONG WITH YOUR BANK STATEMENTS).

DONATING TO MONKS FOR “NAWA KAMA”/PERSONAL USE MAY NOT QUALIFY, AS YOU MIGHT ALREADY KNOW BEFOREHAND.

III. REPORT ANY SCAMS RIGHT AWAY, BEFORE THE PROBLEM GROWS BIGGER AND BIGGER.

DO YOURSELF AND EVERYONE A FAVOR.

IV. IF YOU OR YOUR FRIEND INTEND TO DONATE TO THE TEMPLE AND YET THE MONK WRITES HIS NAME ON THE CHECK, DON’T LET HIM DO IT. PROTEST. TAKE IT BACK.

ACTUALLY, YOU SHOULD WRITE THE TEMPLE’S NAME ON IT ALREADY, INSTEAD OF LETTING HIM OR ANYBODY WRITE ON IT.

V. IF YOU SEE ANY CHECK INTENDED TO THE TEMPLE AND YET IT WAS SOMEHOW CLEARED INTO A MONK’S PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT, MAKE A COPY OF IT AND REPORT TO THE AUTHORITIES.

YOU WOULD KNOW THE CHECK DOESN’T GO TO THE TEMPLE BANK ACCOUNT. THERE IS NO TEMPLE ENDORSEMENT STAMP OR TEMPLE’S NAME ON THE ENDORSEMENT. ONLY SOME OTHER’S NAME OR THE MONK’S NAME AND ACCOUNT.

AT LEAST, ASK FOR A REFUND FROM HIM. SAY YOU WILL REPORT IT TO THE AUTHORITIES, IF HE DOESN’T REFUND IT TO YOU. HE WILL GLADLY GIVE IT BACK TO YOU.

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SEE BELOW HOW DEPRAVED AND GREEDY FOUR SOUTH KOREAN “BUDDHIST MONKS” CAN BE:

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Four South Korean Buddhist monks have been arrested for their part in an income tax scam involving the sale of fake donation receipts, a report said.

The temple chiefs in the southwestern city of Gwangju were detained on Monday, the JoongAng Daily said.

The scheme aimed to help 2,570 workers evade a total of $2.1 billion won ($2.28 million) in tax in 2005-2006, the paper said.

Donations to charities, schools and religious organisations are tax-deductible up to a certain amount.

Some monks even distributed pamphlets advertising the fake donation service, prosecutors were quoted as saying.

“These temples were businesses selling fake receipts rather than religious organisations,” said prosecutor Jo Myeong-Sun.

The finance ministry said it plans to crack down on the racket, including tougher punishment for offenders.

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