Working 4 You: Arkansas church converts into life insurance after some parishioners die

Pine Bluff, Arkansas – An Arkansas woman’s death revealed that her husband had taken out not one, but two life insurance policies, and the second, without her knowledge, ended up costing them all. I started questioning.

Kristin Shaw said the First Trinity Church of God in Christ asked for his death certificate after her husband Johnny died in June.

She questioned why the couple hadn’t been members in over ten years.

answer? for delivery to the life insurance company.

“There wasn’t just one policy. I had two policies in front of me,” says Shaw. “I didn’t know they had it on me.”

Shaw stared at life insurance papers that had his name and social security number on them. The application date is May 1988. Her husband applied in August of the same year.

32 people signed it more than 30 years ago, citing the church as a beneficiary, according to senior pastor Aaron Withers. He told Working 4 You that 20 policies remain in effect.

“Since 1988, our church has group insurance,” said Withers, who arrived at the church in 2020. “We recognize that some have moved and others have chosen to go to other churches, but we still hold on to our policy.”

Pastor Aaron Withers, First Trinity Church of God in Christ

Withers said the church has used weekly donations to pay annual dues, which he said totaled about $6,000 over the past 30 years.

The pastor openly talked about how much his church paid for the scheme, but was more tight-lipped about what return on investment those policies yielded.

Mitch McCoy: “Do you know how much money has been made by the policies so far?”

Pastor Aaron Withers: “Yeah, I don’t want to really discuss it.”

Withers said the policy was a sincere effort to expand the ministry, feed the hungry, clothe the homeless, and establish missions abroad.

First Trinity Church of God in Christ

The church has initiated an internal review to ensure that maintaining the policy makes financial sense.

“We will do everything we can to make sure it is feasible for the church and that our integrity is never questioned,” Withers said.

Shaw said he didn’t remember signing any life insurance papers, so he found Wendy Carlson, a Working 4 certified forensic document examiner.

“What I’m looking for is letter composition and spacing between letters. I’m looking at the baseline of every letter,” Carlson said.

Carlson analyzes the signatures in question by comparing them to legitimate signatures. Soon Carlson discovered that the bottom of the letter C was farther from the bottom than his H next to it.

“It’s your unconscious habit when you sign your name. You don’t realize you’re doing it, you just do it,” Carlson told the show during the review. Told.

After confirming the signature, Carlson made the decision.

“These signatures on these insurance policies are actually real signatures,” Carlson discovered. “I don’t know the circumstances behind your signing them.”

Shaw told Carlson that he appreciates the review.

“She’s done well and feels good,” Shaw said.

If Shaw did sign the papers, one wonders why he would do such a thing in the first place, but one thing is certain. she wants to cancel

“Their common sense is that no one is going to sign,” she said.

Regarding the insurance itself, Shaw tried to gather information, but the insurance agent wouldn’t tell her anything.

Withers said he and the church are working closely with insurance companies.

The Arkansas Department of Insurance is reviewing the complaint filed by Shaw.

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