Senator Moore: We’ve Done All We Can For Church Properties Facing Foreclosure

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong will not investigate lending practices in the midst of a foreclosure for nonpayment against Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and related East End properties run by Rev. Kenneth Moales. Tong announced those issues have already been addressed by the court.

Moales, the controversial former chair of the Board of Education, beseeched city and state officials to intervene on his behalf as the court clock ticks toward eviction. It appears he’s totally at the mercy of the appellate system for a debt of more than $15 million.

From State Senator Marilyn Moore:
“The Bridgeport Delegation has done all that we can to give access to the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Banking,” said Sen. Moore. “Our concern was to ensure the lender didn’t have a misstep that could have contributed to the cycle of foreclosure. I am satisfied with Attorney General Tong’s decision and now the case is left in the hands of the court system.”

On September 23, The Bridgeport Delegation including state Senators Marilyn Moore and Dennis Bradley, Representatives Andre Baker, Jr., Antonio Felipe, Jack Hennessy, Christopher Rosario, Steve Stafstrom, and Charlie Stallworth wrote a letter to Attorney General William Tong asking him to investigate predatory lending that took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

Following the letter, Senator Moore spoke with Attorney General Tong on the phone at great length and discussed the case. Attorney General Tong explained there was nothing that violated Connecticut Laws and there was nothing he could pursue further.



  1. I find this reply very strange, “Elizabeth Benton, communications director for Attorney General William Tong, told Hearst Connecticut Media in a statement.” “Attorney General Tong has spoken to members of the Bridgeport delegation and intends to continue those discussions to identify ways to support the Bridgeport community and church. As to allegations of lending fraud and abuse, those allegations were considered by the court and the Office of the Attorney General cannot legally intervene.” Attorney General Tong, do your job, you looked into nothing, dids you check with the judge about this new information?


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