Friday, January 19, 2007

Say It Ain't So

U.S. detains mega-church founders over cash

Brazilian mega-church leaders Sonia Moraes Hernandes and Estevam Hernades-Filho spent the last two decades building one of Brazil's largest evangelical empires.

They're now spending their time at a federal detention center in Miami.

The couple was arrested at Miami International Airport last week on charges of currency smuggling and lying to customs officers after U.S. Immigration and Customs agents found they were carrying thousands of dollars more than the $10,000 they declared, investigators allege.

I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell ya. And the best part:

Agents found the first extra bundle of cash, $9,000, tucked into the cover of Sonia's Bible.

They don't call it the Good Book for nothing.