Members of church that got $300,000 from thief raise $8,500

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GRANDVILLE, MI (WLNS/AP) – So far, members of a megachurch in western Michigan have contributed $8,500 toward victims of a Ponzi scheme by a man who donated $300,000 to the church.

David McQueen is serving a 30-year prison sentence for operating the $46 million scheme.

A judge also has ordered McQueen to pay $32 million in restitution, and federal officials have asked Resurrection Life Church in Grandville to give back the money McQueen donated to the church in 2005-2009.

Our media partners at MLive say church members have raised $8,500 to aid McQueen’s victims.

Prosecutors say most of those who got money from McQueen refuse to repay the victims.

The Rev. Bernard Blauwkamp has said Resurrection Life Church used McQueen’s money to help families with food and utilities and to donate to local agencies.

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