The finances of the Moons according to Nan Sook Hong
In Jin likes to talk about how the Manhattan Center was so important to Hyo Jin. Nan Sook Hong’s book, In the Shadow of the Moons, came out in 1998 and caused much controversy among members. Here’s some of the things that Nansook said about the Manhattan Center and the money fleeced from the Japanese:
"Manhattan Center became the fuel that powered Hyo Jin’s moral collapse. It was a source of ready cash to finance his cocaine habit, his growing arsenal of guns, and his nightly drinking binges. He would order his inner circle to accompany him to Korean bars in Queens, where he cavorted openly with ‘hostesses’ and drank himself senseless."
“A group of Japanese members of the Unification Church was touring the United States. On a visit to Manhattan Center, they made a personal ‘donation’ to Hyo Jin of four hundred thousand dollars in cash. He kept some of the money and used the rest for pet projects at Manhattan Center. He never reported the gift on his tax return or paid a dime of taxes on the money.”
“In February 1994 Hyo Jin carried a Bloomingdale’s shopping bag into Manhattan Center containing six hundred thousand dollars in cash. I had helped him count out the money earlier in the day in our bedroom.”
“Japan was fertile fund-raising ground for a messianic leader like Sun Myung Moon. Eager young Unification Church members found elderly people anxious to ensure that their loved ones came to a peaceful rest in the spirit world. To that end, they fleeced thousands of people out of millions of dollars for religious vases, prayer beads, and religious pictures to guarantee that their deceased family members entered the Kingdom of Heaven. A small jade pagoda could sell for as much as fifty thousand dollars. Wealthy widows were conned into donating all of their assets to the Unification Church to guarantee that their loved ones would not languish in hell with Satan. Church members waited on Mrs. Moon. Church leaders brought her stacks of money. Japan’s economy was booming. The country was fast becoming the source of most of Sun Myung Moon’s money. In the mid-l98Os church officials claimed the Unification Church was pulling in four hundred million dollars a year through fund raising in Japan alone. The Reverend Moon used that money for his personal comfort and to invest in businesses in the United States and around the world.”
“Plenty of people are bothered by the Unification Church in Japan, however. Hundreds have sued; charging they were cheated out of their life savings by Unification Church members who promised that Sun Myung Moon’s intercession could save a deceased loved one from the fires of hell. Government consumer protection officials in Japan say they have received nearly twenty thousand complaints about the Unification Church since 1987. The church already has paid out millions to settle many of the lawsuits involving the sale of vases, icons, and paintings said to have supernatural powers.”
“The Washington Times headquarters looks like a more profitable operation than it is. The paper continues to lose money sixteen years after the first press run. It is subsidized by the profits of the Reverend Moon’s other business holdings and, increasingly, by ‘donations’ from Japanese members. At a dinner celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Washington Times in 1992, the Reverend Moon said he had invested close to a billion dollars in the paper in its first decade in order to make it ‘an instrument to save America and the world.’”