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Michigan pastor who used faith to trick people out of millions of dollars faces fraud charges

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Thursday it is pursuing fraud charges against a pastor based in Flint, Michigan who stands accused of exploiting members of the church, retirees, and auto-workers who have been laid off.

According to a statement released by SEC, 59-year-old Pastor Larry Holley used faith-based rhetoric to mislead individuals into investing in what they thought was a “successful” real estate business. Holley’s assets have been frozen along with the fraud charges.

Holley allegedly told individuals he had targeted for investments that he prayed for their children, and claimed to be more trustworthy with their money than a “banker.”

He also attracted prospective investors by holding financial presentations at churches across the country, but called them “Blessed Life Conferences” to attract people. At the conferences, Holley would ask attendees to fill out cards with information about their financial holdings, inviting them later to have one-on-one consultations. Holley referred to these individuals as “millionaires in the making,” according to the SEC statement.

The complaint notes that Holley’s company Treasure Enterprise LLC and his associate Patricia Enright Gray obtained $6.7 million in investments from over 80 people, who were told “they were investing in a profitable real estate company with hundreds of residential and commercial properties.”

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Holley’s partner, Gray, reportedly singled out laid-off auto-workers for investments during a religious advertisement she made on a Flint radio station.

“Holley and Gray targeted the retirement savings of churchgoers, building a bond of trust purportedly based on faith but actually based on false promises,” said David Glockner, who is the director of the SEC’s Chicago Regional Office.

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Gay man’s family cut off his ear after he came out

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A teen man came out to his parents and in response his dad severely mutilated him, reports Gay Star News.

The 19-year-old was then locked in a closet, where he tried not to bleed to death.

The teen is from The Gambia and is trying to get asylum in The Netherlands.

“I was so afraid to tell my family about my sexuality,” he said.

“I thought, maybe, my family will accept me because I am their family. This is who I am.”

“That was the biggest mistake I ever made.”

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Longtime Trump loyalist warns the president that his racist tweets are about to permanently stain his image

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On Tuesday, former Trump administration official Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for telling four freshman congresswomen to go back to their own countries. All four are American citizens.

Scaramucci accused the president of playing to his base, in a way that has dangerous manifestations: for the president and the country.

“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle that every ethnic group that’s landed in the United States has had to hear,” Scaramucci told the BBC.

“I don’t think the president is a racist, but here’s the thing: if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, ‘OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.'”

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Ted Cruz defends Trump by comparing him to Twitter trolls who tell him to go back to Canada

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday issued an unusual defense of President Donald Trump's racist remarks against four Democratic congresswomen by comparing the president to an internet troll.

According to Politico reporter Burgess Everett, Cruz deflected criticism of Trump's racist tweets against Reps. Rashiba Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by arguing that "lefties on Twitter every day" tell him to "go back" to Canada, where he was born in 1970.

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