Stan issued many checks to Comcast cable using donor money to pay for his home cable tv which included HBO. This speaks to the total disregard Stan had for donor intent and his total disregard for honesty and common sense.
Please scroll to bottom of this page to read comments from the treasurer and board member of Stan Telchin Ministries, regarding this issue.
The treaurer and board member of Stan Telchin Ministries comments, Sept. & Nov., 2002:
"When Stan relocated to Florida in 1999, he asked me whom I used as my Internet Service Provider. I told him I used Comcast, and found their broadband fiber optic cable system very fast. In fact, I suggested he use them for the ministry's computer system, and he followed my suggestion. The monthly fee for this service was $39.95 at the time.
In 2000, the ministry paid $1,478.83 to Comcast for "Internet and cable." (STM category detail report, page 11) The Comcast billing office told me that in addition to the Internet access, the ministry also paid for preferred commercial television, premium channel Home Box Office, trial periods of premium channels Showtime and The Movie Channel and two "set up" units that allowed for pay-per-view channels (The records that show this are in Stan's possession, but you can call Comcast at 941-371-6700, and refer to account #15515-914012-02-8 for service at 5508 Vinci Circle.)
You may be thinking that Stan has a housing allowance, and it's his business how he spends the money. You're right, but the allowance includes utilities (IRS Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, page 10). Items such as phone and cable television bills are to be paid FROM the stipulated amount, not in addition to it. Stan drew $2,000 a month as a housing allowance and should have paid the Comcast bills from his own accounts, not from the ministry's account."
"I'd emphasize the questionable expenses demonstrated a pattern of behavior: he didn't get any approval for things he should have gotten approval on; he exceeded maximums for legitimate expenses; he often disguised the purpose when reporting to the board, and sometimes he outright lied to the board."