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Former Leader of Hindu Temple of Georgia Convicted on Fraud Charges
Former Leader of Hindu Temple of Georgia Convicted on Fraud and Obstruction Charges
Annamalai Annamalai,
a/k/a Dr. Commander Selvam,
a/k/a Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar,
the former leader of the now defunct Hindu Temple of Georgia, was convicted of 34 felony counts following a two-week jury trial.
“This defendant traded on his perceived religious authority and spiritual powers to cheat the faithful who believed in him,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The jury saw through his deception, and he is being held accountable for his fraud.”
“Annamalai Annamalai clearly took advantage of his religious standing in the community as well as the individuals who respected and revered him” stated Veronica F. Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation.
He used deceit and fraud,
to circumvent the bankruptcy courts and to collect money for his own personal benefit. Today’s verdict should send a strong message that this will not be tolerated.”
According to United States Attorney Yates, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Annamalai generated income through the Hindu Temple of Georgia (“the Hindu Temple”) by charging fees to his followers in exchange for providing spiritual or related services.
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