Catholic church adds non-existent members to its list to get more government funding


Church prayer room (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Police in the Netherlands, have launched an investigation after a church allegedly added names to its list in order to get additional government funding that it was not entitled to receive.

The Diocese of Oslo, was accused of going through the list of new immigrants, and adding to its list of members those with Christian names.

The church did not get consent from the immigrants to be added to the Diocese of Oslo. The church was slapped with a fine of one million kroner ($142,720) for fraud.

In a separate criminal case, the chief administrative officer has been arrested on a charge of fraud for adding the non-existing members to the church list to secure more funding.

The church insisted that it has never done anything illegal or received too much money.

They did admit to making some mistakes in regards to registration, but claimed that the non-existent members were removed from its list a long time ago.