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Lawsuit threatens funding

Buddhist group fights lawsuit, plaintiff wants back half of $330,000 then-wife gave Purple Lotus Temple

By Scott Wong, Inside Bay Area, June 12, 2005

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- The Purple Lotus Temple, which wants to build a massive Buddhist temple and school next to Fremont's Quarry Lakes park, is being sued by a man who says his ex-wife secretly donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the San Bruno organization before their divorce, court documents show.

Thomas Ho Nien Au of Taiwan, 68, who also has lived in San Francisco and in Hillsborough, filed a lawsuit asking that the Buddhist group give back half of the $330,000 his ex-wife contributed since 1992, plus damages.

The suit also names Master Samantha Chou, the temple's spiritual leader, and other unnamed parties.

Posted – 09/05/05 10:55am by Lynn R Slater, updated or replied 09/05/05 10:56am

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