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By Times Staff
©St. Petersburg Times, published February 26, 2006
State prosecutors have accused National Baptist Convention USA president Henry Lyons of:
*Stealing nearly $200,000 intended to help burned churches, spending $25,000 of it on a female convention employee identified as "Lyons' paramour."
*Swindling nearly $3-million from corporations by inflating the number of NBC members and then selling them a phony mailing list of black church members that included a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
*Extorting a half-million dollars from a cemetery company by invoking his friendship with President Clinton and threatening to denounce company officials from the steps of the Capitol.
*Hiding $4.8-million in a secret bank account, with no records of where the money came from or where it went.
*Giving black colleges far less money than he has claimed, instead spending donations on himself and his friends.
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