Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are currently at the House of Prayer Church on Airport Road. For years, former members of the church said it was less a church and more a cult.
Former members have alleged abuse and fraudulent means regarding veterans housing and benefits.
According to Courier correspondent Lewis Levine, law enforcement officers were seen carrying automatic weapons around the church and a group of women and men were seen standing outside one of the buildings on the property. guarded by a female officer with a gun.
Levine reported that the FBI was investigating two other churches, one in Augusta associated with House of Prayer.
House of Prayer church leader Rony Denis is believed to live in Augusta.
“I can confirm that the FBI is on scene executing a court-authorized search warrant,” said Jenna Sellitto, FBI Atlanta public affairs officer. “No arrests have been made. Our investigation is ongoing so I cannot provide further details at this time.”
This story is under development and will be updated as new information becomes available.
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