Fraud case brought against LDS Church thrown out by British judge

Posted at 8:15 PM, Mar 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-20 22:15:14-04

LONDON – A  legal case in the UK involving fraud allegations against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its leader, Church President Thomas S. Monson, has been thrown out by a district judge.

The decision came after arguments were presented in the Westminster Magistrate District Court March 14; the complaint was brought about by Tom Phillips, who cited the Fraud Act of 2006.

According to a press release from, a website that lists Phillips as its managing editor, Phillips stated: “Although this ruling represents a setback for our cause, we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring the LDS Corporation to justice. For people around the world, this case has brought to light the truth: the LDS organization has committed fraud, and fraud is a serious crime.”

LDS Church Spokesman Cody Craynor issued a statement in response to the decision:

“We are satisfied with the court’s ruling. This case was a misuse of the legal system and should never have been brought.”