Bob was such a good evaluator of character that he brought on George Obunga Otieno as his representative in the African region. Bob did not do due diligence in vetting the guy. Otieno scammed another COG prior to joining up with Thiel.
I guess that "double dose" of the holy spirit did not do much to open Thiel's eyes.
James Malm is reporting the following saga of the Thiel/Otieno situation
About a year ago I wrote to Bob Thiel warning him about fraud in east Africa particularly in Kenya. He responded thanking me and saying that he was being very careful, then he took on George Obunga Otieno as his rep in the region.
George was later found to be a scammer and Bob was invited to hold his Feast with Richard Trevor and Bill Goff’s group; because of the lateness of the time, and for economic reasons due to the G. Otieno situation.
Richard Trevor informs me that:
We knew it first, [Actually I knew it first and warned Bob] and with much persuasion, convinced Bob that he wasn’t trustable. The man (George Obunga Otieno) is now in jail with a life sentence for engaging in a shootout with the police when they came to arrest him for other fraudulent activities. He was sentenced within weeks. The US could take a lesson. AND, the fellow’s cousin, Polycap Ogalo, is (was?) [employed] with the Police there, but has been conspicuous by his absence since we discovered his [He also tried to defraud these groups] fraud with us. He might’ve been fired, but all who know of the situation are mum.
The man (George Obunga Otieno) scammed James Russell before Bob, taking a large amount to fund a feast for him (CoG in Truth). Though he used a different name (that’s common in Africa) we suspected he was one-and-the-same fellow by his mailing address and by using another person to enquire about the FoT in Homa Bay, we realized it was a ruse. It never happened. That was to be Bob’s site, and we had been working on one nearby, but thought it better to merge the two [allowing Bob to join the other folks site after his letdown with George].
Bob Thiel recently made a trip to Kenya partially funded by Richard Trevor and Bill Goff to hold a COG convention.
Malm then points out Thiel's claim that he has 20 some congregations in East Africa is not true. This is something that many of us have suspected all along.That was our interest, to have some credentialed person meet and evaluate the situation. That’s why we helped with the funding of this [Bob's] trip. Earlier, we intended that the Kenyans host their own elders’ convention, so that they could meet and assess the genuinety of each other, but when Bob indicated he was intending to go there, that proved the better option, and less costly. Quite a large number of elders did attend.
I am informed that these groups will continue with the same foreign sponsors as before, and that the purpose of this meet was a “get to know your neighbor event”, to fight any possible future scams. There are several independent groups involved in the meetings and Thiel’s claim that CCOG currently has over 20 congregations in East Africa, with more expected soon.” is purely in his own imagination; unless he is attempting a takeover of these other groups.
In fact Thiel may have attempted to entice these various groups to join CCOG [hence the 20 congregations claim]; which is why Bill Goff and other COG leaders have now rushed to Kenya to asses the situation. The meetings were meant as cooperation against fraud: Did Thiel use their money to go to Kenya to try and poach their congregations?
It was Bob who convinced them to partially fund and send him. “we intended that the Kenyans host their own elders’ convention, so that they could meet and assess the genuinety of each other, but when Bob indicated he was intending to go there, that proved the better option, and less costly.” Now that Bill Goff had to rush to Kenya anyway, it does not appear much cheaper than him going in the first place.