Allegations of missing church funds spark IRS investigation of "Touched by an Angel" star DELLA REESE!
DELLA is caught up in an Internal Rev­enue Service probe after an ENQUIRER investi­gation revealed that she covered up for employees who swindled $1.5 million from her church.
And while Della told The ENQUIRER that she informed her congregation about the missing funds and chose not to prosecute, sources say the feder­al government has nevertheless launched a probe into the ac­tions of the beloved 80-year-old actress.
“The IRSis looking into the church’s finances,” Billie Hall, Della’s former executive assis­tant, told The ENQUIRER.
“An IRS agent recently con­tacted me and asked questions about what I saw and heard Del­la and Franklin do in regard to money they raised for the church and how it was disbursed.”
Another former church em­ployee confirmed the IRS probe.
“An IRS agent asked me ques­tions about how Della and Franklin handled church funds and the intermingling of church accounts and their personal ac­counts,” the ex-employee told The ENQUIRER.
“I was asked who handled the money and checks and who had access to the church account. The agent said they were ‘gath­ering information,’ and I may get more calls as they move for­ward.”
IRS public information officer Felicia McCain would neither confirm nor deny an investi­gation into Della’s church, but she requested a copy of Della’s ENQUIRER interview.
Della, an ordained minister, and her husband Franklin Lett founded Understanding Prin­ciples for Better Living Church. In an exclusive ENQUIRER in­terview, she said the two of them had traced the missing money to former employees, who had been cash­ing church checks and using church credit cards.
D e l l a claimed that she opted not to prosecute after notify­ing the congregation about the theft.
But Hall disputes THAT.
“I worked for Della and Frank­lin for nine years, and they never told the entire congregation that money was missing from any church fund,” Hall said.
“Many former employees know the truth about the ques­tionable way they handled church finances.”