Clergyman Allegedly Cheated 15 out of $7 million

You thought the clergy was Protestant, Catholic or Jewish? Nope, Buddhist.

"LOS ANGELES (CN) - A self-proclaimed Buddhist monk collected $7 million in phony land investments from Vietnamese-Americans who thought they were helping build religious shrines and charities, the 15 recent immigrants claim in Superior Court.

The plaintiffs, some of them elderly and all followers of Buddhism, which eschews worldly wealth and ambition, say they contributed more than $800,000 to a Ponzi scheme run by Tuan Nguyen, Kiet Nguyen, Robert E. O’Leary and others."

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