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NY minister to repay $1.2M in disaster funds

5-15-14

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million he took from his congregation to buy a luxury home in New Jersey.

The Rev. Carl Keyes led the Glad Tidings Tabernacle in Manhattan.

He and his wife, Donna, signed an agreement Wednesday resolving a probe by the New York attorney general into an illegal loan the couple took from the church in 2008 to buy the 18th century farmhouse on seven acres.

The church’s former executive director agreed to repay $482,000 he owes on a separate loan.

The state began investigating after the AP raised questions about Keyes and two charities he controlled, including one that had received $4.8 million to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina.