Cults, Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime & The Pulpit

•April 3, 2014 • 3 Comments


Tampa ‘Black Ice” drug operation tied to organized crime
Posted on April 1, 2014 by Daniel Hopsicker
Doug McClain learned the ins and outs of financial fraud while working for Robert Colgin Wilson, who—far more than “The Wolf of Wall Street”—exemplified the role of American organized crime in financial fraud during the last quarter of the 20th Century.

Wilson was no fly by night. His roots ran deep. When he was convicted of securities fraud in the mid-70’s, his lawyer during the trial and appeal was the same Dallas attorney, Emmett Colvin, who a decade earlier represented Jack Ruby during his trial for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

When the Tampa office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) partnered with McClain and other members of organized crime in a still-unexplained drug trafficking operation that brought tons of cocaine into the U.S. between 2003 and 2008, they were getting a known quantity.

When that effort went awry, Doug McClain’s last big play occurred with the hurried stripping out of a coal mining company in the coal fields of Kentucky—between July 2010, when he and his crew became the owners of eight separate coal mines—and May 2011, when the federal government stepped in and call a halt to the thieving.

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Con man for Christ headed criminal hyena pack

•March 24, 2014 • 2 Comments

Another eye-opening expose by Daniel Hopsicker. Hopsicker has been researching, investigating and writing about McClain and McClain Jr. for years.

March 24 2014
by Daniel Hopsicker

Doug McClain Sr’s financial fraud career as a a grifter, racketeer, and flimflam man can be traced back more than two decades, and likely extends much further into his past.

The so-far unanswered question about him has been where he first acquired powerful patrons whose clout could-and did-keep him out of jail despite his record for flagrant financial fraud.

While the ultimate answer may not yet be clear, for sheer greed, brazen theft and raw carnality-committed with the protection and apparent blessing of former leaders in both major political parties- it would be hard to top McClain’s stint during the early 1990’s at International Profit Associates (IPA) in Chicago.

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Has “The Move” Opened a Branch in San Antonio?

•March 21, 2014 • 1 Comment

Apparently, not even evidence and personal testimony of former -and even current- cult members as to McClains’s history as a leader and “elder” in their cult, makes a dent on at least one devoted Doug McClain fan. Which would just be sad and slightly amusing, if this man weren’t in “the pulpit”.

Doug has given this preacher money and fed him on champagne wishes and caviar dreams for years. But every effort to encourage this man to see what is towering over him, destroying his ministry, and leading Doug to more victims is abjectly rejected, out of hand. And the ones actually trying to help him are called haters, scum, or Jezebel; and are insulted, mocked, and derided.

This preacher doesn’t seem to care much about his own sheep who have lost untold hundreds of thousands to McClain’s scams, thanks to his personal endorsement of this traveling cult leader. Nope. He seems only to care that nothing stop McClain from keeping his promises to pour millions of dollars into his lap, “as soon as this big deal comes through”

Which would be sad, if he weren’t in the pulpit.

Jesus loves His sheep. And when preachers hand their pulpits and sheep pens over to well-documented cult leaders, conmen, thieves, and liars, such things need to stop and His Church protected from harm. Shepherds are supposed to PROTECT their flocks from wolves, not open up the gate and ring the dinner bell.

A man or woman who cannot or will not discern between spirits has no place in the pulpit.

Matthew 5: 11-13. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

The Beginning of the End of a Career Criminal

•March 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Another eye opening article by Daniel Hopsicker.

The Vanishing:
Christian Cult’s Airport Disappears

March 21 2014
by Daniel Hopsicker

Douglas McClain Sr, charged with financial fraud against the elderly after allegedly swindling $200,000 from an 74-year old paraplegic, befriending his victim by acting as if her were a Christian minister, instead of a sociopathic con man, showed up in court for the first time Tuesday in San Antonio for a pre-trial hearing, appearing unsettled and uncertain, according to a source close to the case.

But even as news trickled out from the courtroom in San Antonio, where the case was postponed for a month, an even more startling development was transpiring elsewhere.

The NEW YORK TIMES had once reported that the cult owned “a fleet of planes.”

“There is something you’re missing here,” another former cult member told me.

“The farms’ weren’t generating any money. When I lived there we were shooting moose illegally just so we’d have food. Yet the cult owned at least a dozen airplanes at any one time. When you have a group that’s got no money, where’s the money coming from?”

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Christian cult leader worked Tampa “BLACK ICE” operation

•March 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Christian cult leader worked Tampa “BLACK ICE” operation

Awesome work, Daniel Hopsicker!  

Mr. Hopsicker has been investigating and writing about Doug and Doug Jr. for years. The connections between Doug’s drug trafficking history and this cult to which he is still connected are blood curdling.

McClain and “The Move” Cult

•March 5, 2014 • 3 Comments

We have recently become aware of Doug’s involvement in a cult called “The Move” His involvement in this cult seems to have begun as a young man when he lived in Alaska. He was advanced to “elder” at the age of 18.  He was instrumental in the “pioneering” and development of the cult’s farm in Dry Creek, Alaska. There is irrefutable evidence not only of longterm past leadership with this cult, but to perpetual, current involvement including criminal cult-related activity and even gaining money from cult members as a “traveling minister”.

The pieces are starting to fall into place- how does one become a wolf in sheep’s clothing? I think we’re beginning to see a broader picture, with so much of his secret past life coming to light.

Here are some links to this cult, which is alive and well in the US and in other countries as well. It’s bone chilling.

–Here is a link to a nonprofit that exists to help people who have been harmed by this cult.

Article on endictment

•January 30, 2014 • 2 Comments

Christian businessman indicted on theft charge in elder bilking case
By Abe Levy

January 23, 2014 | Updated: January 23, 2014 10:14pm

Douglas McClain Sr., 62, could face up to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.

SAN ANTONIO — A Bexar County grand jury indicted a local Christian minister and businessman Wednesday on a felony theft charge that accuses him of stealing as much as $200,000 from an elderly, paraplegic man with whom he shared religious ties.

Douglas McClain Sr., 62, could face up to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.

A trial date has not been set. McClain has been free on bond since his arrest in the case nearly a year and a half ago.

Between Nov. 2011 and April 2012, McLain obtained personal loans from Dr. Charles Arnold and vowed to pay them back with the eventual sale of a coal mine he claimed to own in Kentucky, the indictment states.

Arnold, a 74-year-old neuropsychiatrist paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, trusted McClain because of their shared evangelical Christian faith, said Arnold’s son, Mike Arnold.

He said McClain had helped repair his relationship with his father and had preached at local churches and ministries in the independent, charismatic Christian community.

After concluding McClain didn’t intend to pay back his father, the family took the matter to a group of Christian pastors and lay leaders in accordance with a dispute process outlined in the New Testament as “the Matthew 18 principle,” Mike Arnold said.

But the family members left believing the council did not review their concerns thoroughly or independently, ignoring McClain’s record of alleged financial abuse, Mike Arnold said, suggesting McClain’s talents in persuasion played a role.

According to Bexar County court records, McClain has had more than $7.8 million in civil judgments against him. The Securities and Exchange Commission accused him, his son and other business partners of cheating investors by luring them with a cure for HIV and other ailments from a drug made out of goats’ blood.

“Multiple generations of my family were terribly hurt by this man and his actions,” Mike Arnold said. “We’re resilient and our faith will endure. We’re better for it, but we were hoping and praying that church leadership would have allowed us to resolve this in a biblical way. They simply chickened out. … I’m thankful that true justice is coming through the court system.”

Calls and emails to Brent Delapaz, the attorney listed in indictment documents as representing McClain, were not returned.

This case has elements of “affinity fraud,” said Cliff Herberg, first assistant criminal district attorney. “Someone finds something in common — in this case religion and in other cases it may be that they are both with the Lion’s Club. They say ‘trust me.’ … You are trying to do the right thing and assume others are playing by the rules, and it’s not the case.”

Staff Writer John Tedesco contributed to this report.



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