CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An investigation into the September fire that destroyed the G.O.D.S. Mission Church Inc. warehouse has led to the organization being dissolved because its founder "commingled funds for her personal use," according to the Pennsylvania Department of State and Pennsylvania State Police.
The cause of the Sept. 19 fire that destroyed the 120-foot-by-50-foot warehouse at 4987 Guitner Road and its contents was still under investigation, state police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver said Tuesday. It was the investigation into the fire that led to the discovery of irregularities in the operation of the nonprofit organization, he said.
The consent agreement and order against G.O.D.S. Mission, filed Monday, requires founder Thelma J. Cover to dissolve the organization and bans her and her husband, Arthur Cover, from accepting any contributions, according to the department's Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Any contributions received after Monday must be returned, it stated.
The Covers were ordered to pay an administrative fine of $250 "and are banned from assuming any position, whether voluntary or paid, in any charitable organizations, which involves the solicitation, collection or expenditure of contributions," it stated.