Rev. Lyons used church funds to buy diamond ring and house, St. Petersburg Times says

September 1997
Jet;09/01/97, Vol. 92 Issue 15, p53
Reports that funds drawn from National Baptist Convention USA Inc. by the organization's president, Rev. Henry J. Lyons, have been used towards the purchase of a diamond ring and the downpayment of a house. Purchase of the waterfront house by Lyons and Bernice Edwards, the organization's public relations director; Charges lodged against Lyons' wife, Deborah, who set fires in the house after learning of Edwards' involvement; Amount taken from funds; Other scandal involving Lyons.


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