A Joliet church that is more than a century old is being ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the federal government. The Securities and Exchange Commission is demanding that Messiah Lutheran Church pay 300-thousand dollars by November 15th. The payment is the result of a lawsuit the SEC filed against a business accused of defrauding numerous investors. Minooka man, Kenneth Courtright, founder of Today’s Growth Consultant Inc., has been convicted of wire fraud connected to a $75 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 500 investors.
The SEC is recouping money the business paid others, including more than 780-thousand-dollars in donations to Messiah Lutheran. In the lobby of the church, a sign board recaps the civil lawsuit stating the church doesn’t have the money to pay back.
On the church’s website they’re asking for donations, “Messiah Lutheran Church needs to pay a judgement despite no accusation of wrongdoing. Not paying it will likely result in the forced sale of its building.”