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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 11:34 AM
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20. Your gallery might only be surpassed by your library, Swamp Rat.
For you have a excellent eye and an extraordinary memory.

From the internets:

Moon finds shadow of probes cast over 'Eden'

By Patrice M. Jones
Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent
Published May 12, 2002

RIO DE JANEIRO -- In a region that borders one of the world's great wildlife preserves, Rev. Sun Myung Moon proclaimed after a fishing trip in 1994 that he would build a heavenly haven for his followers.

The Moon organization's sprawling ranch compound in Brazil's vast southwestern interior is several hours from the nearest major city. But much is promised at New Hope Ranch for those making the journey, with a fabled sign at its entrance reading, "Welcome to the Garden of Eden."

However, state legislators, the governor and federal police in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul are investigating the paradise founded by the 82-year-old leader of the Unification Church. The inquiries come, they say, as Moon has acquired more than 1 million acres straddling the border of Brazil and Paraguay over the past seven years.

Last week, federal police raided several sites of Moon's Brazil organization, the Association of Families for Unification and World Peace, both in Mato Grosso do Sul and also in Sao Paulo state. They seized records and computers in a broad investigation into allegations of tax evasion and immigration violations.

Police also targeted the residence and offices of Rev. Kim Yoon Sang, the Brazilian representative for Moon and his religious group. The state legislature of Mato Grosso do Sul also has an ongoing inquiry, as does Brazil's internal revenue service.
Federal police reported that they began investigating Moon's organization late last year after a former employee said the association was involved in money laundering. A federal judge authorized the seizure of banking and financial records earlier this year.

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