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Pastor Who Used Church’s $36M on Wife’s Pop Career Sentenced to 3.5 Years

A Singapore court on Friday cut the jail sentence for the co-founder of one of the city-state’s most popular churches, after he appealed his conviction and sentence for misusing millions of dollars to support of his wife’s pop singing career.

The High Court sentenced Kong Hee, 52, head of City Harvest Church (CHC), to 3-1/2 years for criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts, reducing the eight years term he got in October 2015. Other five church leaders also had their sentences reduced.

Kong was found guilty of misusing S$50 million ($36 million) of church money to fund his wife’s musical career. Local media said it was the largest amount of charity funds ever misappropriated in Singapore.

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