This just came in and isn’t yet on major news sites, but apparently Mr. Monson has been summoned to appear next month in the UK for a fraud trial. The documents:
The second, nearly identical summons (different plaintiff):
It may sound far-fetched, but Scientology was convicted of fraud in France last year.
Here is the Fraud Act of 2006. Here is Section 12:
(1)Subsection (2) applies if an offence under this Act is committed by a body corporate. (2)If the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of— (a)a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate, or (b)a person who was purporting to act in any such capacity,he (as well as the body corporate) is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly. (3)If the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (2) applies in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.
I suspect that Monson himself has been summoned because he is the head of the corporation sole, meaning that nobody could go in his place. If he actually appears next month, he would likely be forced in court to show that all seven of the above points are true. That would be very interesting to see, but I’m not sure yet how I feel about the whole thing.
In essence, the two plaintiffs are claiming that they were induced to pay tithing based on fraudulent claims from the Mormon church. Tithing is to some extent voluntary, but is held as a strict requirement for entering the temple.
I’ll add to this post as more information comes in.