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Regulator opens inquiry into London church charity over financial activity

by Heather Preston
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The Charity Commission for England and Wales has announced an inquiry into the religious poverty relief charity Jesus Power House Ministries (JPHM).

The statutory inquiry was opened in response to concerns of misconduct and/or mismanagement in the charity’s administration, particularly regarding the management of its finances.

In a statement, the regulator has said it will also investigate whether these concerns indicate any risk to the charity’s assets, beneficiaries, or work and whether the charity is operating for the public benefit.

The London-based church is led by Rev Dr. Moses Anyanwu.

Registered as a charity in 2009, it seeks to serve the homeless and poverty stricken with food, shelter, medical supplies and education as well as providing spiritual and pastoral support.

The Commission has flagged concerns over the “possible misapplication of funds for unauthorised payments to a trustee” and the “submission of potentially inaccurate financial accounts suggesting a lack of transparency.”

It has also noted that the charity has submitted inadequate accounts.

The inquiry will also examine the charity’s compliance with legal duties related to its administration, governance and management.

JPHM’s charity bank account has been frozen by the Commission whilst the investigation takes place.

A report detailing any issues, required action and outcomes from the inquiry will be published upon its conclusion.

Premier has reached out to Jesus Power House Ministries for comment.

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