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Alamo follower, Tommy Scarcello, faces allegations of bankruptcy fraud

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Fullerton, CA

#1 Nov 15, 2009
November 11, 2009

By: Lynn LaRowe

Follower faces allegations of bankruptcy fraud

A bankruptcy court wants a high-ranking member of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries to produce financial and property documents by the end of the month.

Tommy Scarcello’s bankruptcy case was reopened last month amid allegations he may have committed fraud when he filed for Chapter 7 debt relief in the Eastern District of Oklahoma in September 2008.

Bankruptcy trustee Gerald Miller filed a motion Nov. 6 for a list of any transfers of money greater than $1,000 within five years of Scarcello’s bankruptcy filing.

The order also demands copies of tax returns from 2005, 2006 and 2007, copies of titles and liens to all vehicles Scarcello owns, copies of any financial statements issued within two years of bankruptcy filing, copies of statements from retirement accounts and copies of any accounts receivable owed to Scarcello.

Miller also wants to look at any bank statements from September 2006 to September 2008 for accounts on which Scarcello had signatory authority, any accounts for his business, Thomas Scarcello Warehousing, and any accounts he might have closed during that time period.

The motion also requests copies of all deeds and mortgages to property owned by Scarcello within five years of filing.

“If said property is no longer owned by the debtor, provide copies of conveyance instrument showing transfer of property,” the motion said.

During Tony Alamo’s criminal trial, past and current members testified that church associated property was often held in the names of followers. Records from the Miller County Tax Assessors Office show properties in Fouke, Ark., were sometimes sold for a dollar by one or more members to other members.

Miller also has an interest in court documents filed in a civil lawsuit accusing Scarcello and others of a scheme to sell Tempurpedic mattresses, pillows and slippers meant as donations to hurricane Katrina victims for a profit.

Proceedings in that case were put on hold when Scarcello and other defendants filed for bankruptcy.

Fullerton, CA

#2 Nov 15, 2009
The suit accuses Scarcello, Action Distributors, Jon Fitzgerald, Waste to Charity, Broco Supply Inc., Howard Hirsch, Nelson Silva and Close Out Surplus and Savings Inc. of participating in the mattress scam. A number of the donated goods were located in a warehouse in Booneville, Ark., owned by two of Alamo’s alleged wives, court documents indicate.

In a deposition Scarcello gave during pretrial proceedings in Tempurpedic’s suit, he repeatedly took the Fifth Amendment when asked about his finances.

“Where are your books and records Mr. Scarcello,” asks Daniel McGillycuddy of the New York law firm Bingham McCutchen in the deposition.

“I invoke my right to the Fifth Amendment,” Scarcello answers.

“What were your gross revenues last year Mr. Scarcello in your brokering business?” the lawyer asked.

Scarcello again responded with the Fifth Amendment.

“Who is the bookkeeper,” McGillicuddy asked Scarcello about a New Jersey brokerage business he once operated.

“I instruct the witness not to answer on the basis of Fifth Amendment privilege,” Scarcello’s attorney, Eric Lieberman of New York advised.

“Who is your bookkeeper presently, Mr. Scarcello,”

Scarcello again refuses to answer based on his right not to do so.

In the deposition, Scarcello denies knowing Bob Streit, another long time Alamo loyalist whose daughter, Angela Streit Morales, is an alleged Alamo wife, according to testimony in the deposition and testimony in Alamo’s criminal trial. Scarcello also waves off a close affiliation with Action Distributors, a trucking company that witnesses at Alamo’s trial testified is operated for the benefit of Alamo Ministries.

Scarcello took the Fifth again when asked what he did with $500,000 he was paid for some of the Tempurpedic products.

But Scarcello did speak when asked about Tony Alamo.

“He’s a man of God,” Scarcello said.“…We are living in the last days right now just before the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and that we’re living in the worst time there ever was. We’re living in the fourth kingdom … and we’re living in this one-world structure, the one-world voice, one-world church directed by the Vatican that the Bible says is coming straight from Rome … the devil given power to … make everybody take a mark on their right hand or their forehead or they won’t be able to buy or sell.”

Scarcello was present for some of Alamo’s criminal trial but did not attend his sentencing Friday.

A hearing on Scarcello’s recently reopened bankruptcy case will be held in December.


Since: Mar 08

Any town

#3 Nov 15, 2009
What's the fourth kingdom?

Fullerton, CA

#4 Nov 15, 2009
Maybe some new pedophile polygamist doctrine out of Jasher, or some other obscure book?

Drumheller, Canada

#5 Nov 15, 2009
JackSpratt wrote:
What's the fourth kingdom?
...... there's a reference to this in the book of Daniel - a prophetic vision of the Roman empire in a modern form, in or about the time of the Antichrist.
I think Tom's just trying to sound all scary and apocalyptic.......... woooo wooooo

Drumheller, Canada

#6 Nov 15, 2009
....... it's a slow night, so if anyone's interested ( via Google search )

The newly formed kingdom will consist of a ten nation alliance so powerful that it will wage global war on all who oppose them. The kingdom is identified in this prophecy as the Fourth Kingdom, being also known as Babylon the Great. Its dominion will be short lived with a sudden intervention from Heaven. The leader from this short-lived kingdom will come to an end and the Jewish nation will return home to Israel. Their long awaited Messiah will be fully established at that time and rule from His throne in Jerusalem.

Fullerton, CA

#7 Nov 15, 2009

[15] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

According to a fable, a hungry wolf came upon a sheep's fleece lying on the ground in a field. The wolf realized that if it wore the fleece, it would look like a sheep from a distance. That would enable the wolf to sneak up on a flock of sheep and steal a lamb for its supper, before the shepherd noticed his presence.

The wolf put on the fleece, and went off in search of a flock of sheep. It spied a flock of sheep just as the sun was setting, and approached the flock. Just as it was about to pounce on a lamb, a shepherd came by, looking for a sheep to slaughter for supper. Thinking the disguised wolf was a sheep, the shepherd quickly grabbed and killed the wolf.

An alternative version is, another wolf is sneaking around looking for a sheep for dinner, and pounces on the wolf in sheep's clothing, killing it and eating it for supper instead of a real sheep.

The intended lesson was, "Frauds and liars are always discovered, eventually, and pay for their actions accordingly." The moral is sometimes also told as "The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit".

Fullerton, CA

#8 Nov 15, 2009
100's of witnesses are willing to testify that they spent thousands of hours next to scarcello and streit standing side by side, conversing and interacting.

Drumheller, Canada

#9 Nov 16, 2009
........ Aye Aye here.
Still Another Ex Member

Kapolei, HI

#10 Nov 16, 2009
There MUST be a picture, somewhere, of Tommy and Bob Streit talking to each other...
mac is back

Colorado Springs, CO

#11 Nov 16, 2009
Amen Still and hopefully someone will be able to come up with a photo. We do know one thing... the picture is in OUR memories and we all know Scarcello is lying through his teeth in denying that he knows Streit.

What a tragedy that these people allowed their hearts, minds and souls to be seized/hijacked by a tyrannical ogre pervert scripture twisting sex deviate.

'Lord, Lord, have we not in thy name done many wonderful works even though we saw A-lame-o right before our own eyes doing all of these horrific ungodly things contrary to your Word? Please God try and understand, Tony told us we would burn in hell if we ever stopped doing everything he commanded us to do. Can't you see we just HAD to keep all of Tony's commandments? We know the ex-members and others out there tried so hard to reach out to us to tell us the truth about Tony, but Tony just kept telling us that they were all just a bunch of disgruntled backslider devils. Please God, it's all Tony's fault that he caused all of us to become brain dead. Please God, we even sacrificed our little children to him to rape and molest. We gave up our children to strangers rather than esteem them more important than Tony. Please God, please understand.


United States

#12 Nov 17, 2009
How can Tommy justify all this lying, especially under oath?

Since: Dec 07

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#13 Nov 18, 2009
March19, 07:

The mattress maker’s attorney, Jason T. Browning, said the injunction prohibits all defendants and anyone doing business with them from doing anything to the nearly 3,000 mattresses in the Booneville warehouse.

Besides Waste to Charity, the defendants are the agency’s president, Jack Fitzgerald of Sarasota, Fla.; Broco Supply Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Broco sales representative Eric Volovic of Hershey, Pa.; Howard Hirsch of Harrisburg, Pa.; Thomas Scarcello of Moffett; and Close Out Surplus and Savings Inc. of Roseland, N.J., its owner, Ernest P. Peia of Morris Plains, N.J., and employee Nelson Silva.

According to Tempur-Pedic’s complaint, Volovic contacted an individual who would later be referred to as “the informant” and offered to sell him 3,300 Tempur-Pedic mattresses at drastically reduced prices. Volovic is said to have given the informant a picture of the inventory, which Tempur-Pedic confirmed were the uniquely packaged donated goods.

Some two months later, Volovic negotiated a deal with the informant and a “consultant” posing as the informant’s partner to sell the mattresses � and after a down payment, he divulged that the mattresses were in Booneville, the complaint states.

Local residents know the building as the former Ace Comb factory.

Tempur-Pedic’s complaint states that the property is owned by S. Ast and E. Mercado, and that its post office box is registered to a supermarket owned by the Tony Alamo Ministries. Alamo, who has lived in the Fouke area since 1998, was convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1994

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#14 Nov 18, 2009
November 29 ,07

In 1982, he and his wife Susan bought land, businesses and began to live with followers in a secret compound. They held political sway - they helped elect the mayor of nearby Dyer (and were investigated by the FBI for election fraud)- and their enterprises, registered under the umbrella of a nonprofit foundation, were worth an estimated $60 million by 1985.

Although the indictments don't directly link the profits from these businesses to Alamo or his church, they may give the World Pastor reason to squirm - after all, it was a system of profitable proxy businesses and tax-exempt "donations" that got him in trouble in the 1990s.

Some Alamo watchers have wondered why, considering the number of people who have spoken out about his treatment of young girls, he hasn't been charged with statutory rape.

But not everyone in Fouke wants to probe into Alamo's doings. "I think he's got a siege mentality," said one man who asked that he not be named. "If you're persecuting him you're doing what he wants you to do." Others in town talked about him with a sort of bemusement, speculating that Fouke might someday be to the next Waco, where a federal raid ended in the burning of cult leader David Koresh's compound. If people in Fouke are skittish, it's because history has given them reason to be.

Alamo is 73 now. Perhaps he always imagined himself living out the end of his days at the center of his own secluded fiefdom, feeding manna to the chosen few. Perhaps he's content to blather daily in a radio booth, to fuel small-town mischief, to dream and conjure the pettiest scams conceivable. But while it doesn't wear on him in the least, the past still lurks. Fouke may yet give him more than he bargained for.

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#15 Nov 18, 2009
July 27, 09

During the trial, U.S. attorneys used a flow chart to map financial transactions in Alamo's organization, showing plane tickets and hotel rooms for him and his "wives" bought by trusted followers with their credit cards. All those cards were paid through a Texarkana bank account listed under the name of the evangelist's bookkeeper.

Some of Alamo's followers acknowledged having ministry properties in their names to avoid prying by the IRS. Others said Alamo received a $52,000 annual salary only to appease the IRS.

However, former followers testified that Alamo was informed each day what his church's take was from its various businesses and personally signed off on every expenditure, whether food, clothing or toiletries for his followers.

At times, Alamo hid cash profits inside his private bedroom, one witness testified.

Defense witnesses acknowledged multiple properties being listed in their names, ranging from a warehouse in Booneville, Ark., mobile homes in Oklahoma and houses spread through Fort Smith, Fouke and Texarkana, Ark.

Alamo's longtime driver Sanford White testified to having one home in his name but living at another address.

The different names likely protect Alamo from having to pay off tax liens in his name. In Arkansas' Miller County, home to his 15-acre complex in Fouke, records show the evangelist remains liable for a $100,000 civil court judgment. In Sebastian County, home to another Alamo church, clerks say numerous federal tax liens still remain active against the preacher.

David Stell, an IRS spokesman in Oklahoma City, said he didn't know whether the agency had anyone in court taking notes on witness testimony. However, he said that didn't mean the agency wouldn't be interested.

"Folks in the IRS read the newspapers, watch TV and gather information like everybody else does," Stell said. "If information comes up, that's something we'll consider."

Fullerton, CA

#16 Nov 18, 2009
" In Sebastian County, home to another Alamo church, clerks say numerous federal tax liens still remain active against the preacher.

David Stell, an IRS spokesman in Oklahoma City, said he didn't know whether the agency had anyone in court taking notes on witness testimony. However, he said that didn't mean the agency wouldn't be interested.

"Folks in the IRS read the newspapers, watch TV and gather information like everybody else does," Stell said. "If information comes up, that's something we'll consider." "

IMO, the IRS should stay completely out of any involvement w/ alamo asset collection. Their liens should all be superseded by judgments and claims by the actual cult victims.

The IRS was approached told and requested to prosecute alamo for white collar crime, phony religious money schemes and tax evasion for decades. Yet filed no charges and did nothing until after the Miller's pierced alamo's phony corporate veil in their civil suit and started collect on their million dollar judgment.

The IRS was given more than enough evidence of tax evasion and criminal activity in the 1990's to put alamo away for life. They only prosecuted one 4 year audit period, enuff to take away the property, assets and funds from the Miller cult victims.

They had several other audit periods they could have prosecuted that would have tacked on decades to alamo's prison sentences. They refused, and ceased criminal pursuit when they had superseded and taken away all that the Miller's had seized.

They stopped completely when alamo changed named and corporate facilty, and easy collection assets avenue dried up to them. The IRS rather concentrated and spent their legal efforts into taking away collection from cult victims like the Millers, pursuing that activity all the way to the Supreme Court.

While alamo was released from prison, and continued raping and beating children right under the nose of apathetic local law enforcement and County prosecutors like Brett Haltom in Miller County.

Until the Feds stepped in to cease his alamo's child abuse and do the job that Haltom refused to do. Now Haltom is again refusing to investigate, pursue and prosecute the other current cult members guilty of child sex and beatings. He is rather taking his derliction of duty and lack of responsible action and running for Judgeship in Texarkana.

The IRS will sit back and wait until the alamo cult child victims have secured judgments and collected assets before they move in to once again take the funds away from the victims. Like Stell said, they just read, follow events and actions, keep their interests, and will continue to gather their information that the efforts of the child victims provide them thru the media and other avenue.

Just waiting to pounce, file supersedence, take away assets already collected by others, and leave more cult victims penniless.

United States

#17 Nov 18, 2009
I sure hope it doesn't go down like that!

Texarkana, TX

#18 Dec 12, 2009
If anyone does find a pic of Bob and Tommy together, they should send it to Lynn LaRowe
brother d

United States

#19 Dec 12, 2009
Still Another Ex Member wrote:
There MUST be a picture, somewhere, of Tommy and Bob Streit talking to each other...
Scan some of those old group pictures with T&S in them, or some of the TV show tapes. You're bound to find Tommy and Bob sitting at Tonee's feet wearing those horrendous polyester suits. They were both attention hogs.
brother d

United States

#20 Dec 12, 2009
One thing you won't find is a photo of Tommy actually doing any work!

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