Stan was caught red handed using donor money to pay for personal travel. Scroll below to see the treasurer's detailed comments about this matter. I remember this trip my father took and can assure every donor to Stan Telchin Ministries that this trip had absolutely nothing to do with the stated mission of Stan Telchin Ministries. When confronted with these expenditures, he would try to mislead the board of directors and deceive them by telling them it was an honest mistake on his part.
An excerpt from the treasurer's letter sent to Jews for Jesus in September, 2002. Here the Treasurer (and former board member of Stan Telchin Ministries, Inc.) addresses charges made to the ministry credit card while Stan was on a personal trip visiting my sister and her family in New Hampshire.
TRIP TO NEW HAMPSHIRE
"In April 2000, Stan took a personal trip to visit his daughter Judy. In a memorandum to the board, he said: "I flew to New Hampshire to see them and inadvertently used the ministry credit card to purchase the ticket." (Referenced memo dated January 15, 2001, page 3, item 5) He said he'd repay the ministry once he was able to determine the cost of the ticket.
I don't know about the airfare, but I do know he charged the ministry $502.91 for two transactions for "The Inn at Exeter, New Hampshire." A transaction for $69.91 was made on 4/16/00, and another for $433.00 was made on 4/17/00 (AT&T Universal Business Card, billing period 4/6/00-5/5/00).
The credit card used was issued to Stan Telchin Ministries. It's difficult to believe this was an "inadvertent" charge, as Stan's personal credit card is the Chase Gold Visa, and the ministry business card is a Cititbank Master Card. Other then being the same size, I believe there is little similarity between the two.
When a card statement is received, Stan examines each transaction. On the bottom of the statement he splits the charges into various categories for accounting allocation. This information is entered into the Quicken program, so that while one check is written to cover the total charge, the software keeps track of individual categories.
In the case of the referenced statement, the total charge was $1,032.53 click here to view this transaction and paid with ministry check # 1819, dated 6/7/00 (Register listing dated December 2, 2000, page 48). Stan splits this total as follows:
Office Supplies: $169.17
Even if he had inadvertently used the ministry's card for the trip, it seems unlikely he would not have realized this when looking at the statement line-by-line. Otherwise, how could he have placed the charges for "The Inn at Exeter, New Hampshire" into the travel category? Stan knew he charged personal travel to the ministry, coded it as business travel, and STM paid for it (Category detail report, dated February 1, 2001, page 23)."