Amongst the victims of Kiwi, David Hobbs, accused of masterminding a $58 million investment scheme recently labelled a scam by Australian authorities, was the Tongan Church -Tokaikolo 'Ia Kalaisi.
Hobbs alleged Ponzi scheme also took in pensioners on both sides of The Tasman.
But back to Auckland and the church run by Dr Liufau Saulala, who has refused requests to have the Tokaikolo church accounts independently audited to ascertain the amount of poured down the toilet by its members.
People who by & large could least afford it.
“People have lost so much, I've heard it from so many, they have lost their mortgage, they have lost their jobs," said Tongan newspaper editor, Ulualo Pouhila over the sad state of affairs.
Yet rather than ‘fess-up’ to his failed get-rich scheme the audacious Dr SauIala now wants his congregation to give more to save their church from being repossessed by the bank!
This is the same guy that originally earnestly told his worshippers they needed to raise more than $1 million to invest in a scheme organised by Hobbs.
His ‘sell’ at the time was "Dr Hobbs is part of this through God and I'm really happy because he gives us all his energy to the church, he believes in this truth."
If only Saulala had have taken independent financial advice rather than listening to the faux voices in his head his church wouldn’t be in the crap.