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Just four months after emerging from bankruptcy, Detroit is going to court to collect a combined $834,000 in unpaid electricity bills from a variety of groups, including schools and churches, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Rutherford Winans Academy, a charter school affiliated with Pastor Marvin Winans, is among ten organizations the city sued in Wayne County Circuit Court last week to recover unpaid electricity charges, the report says.

From the Detroit Free Press:

The city says the Considine/Little Rock Family Life Center, part of the Rev. Jim Holley’s Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church on Woodward, owes $74,000 for electricity service since January 2013.

The Rutherford Winans Academy, a charter school in northwest Detroit affiliated with Pastor Marvin Winans of Perfecting Church, owes $62,000, court records show…

The lawsuits are part of a crackdown by the administration of Mayor Mike Duggan on electricity deadbeats after the city last summer started shutting off power and issuing other warnings to 38 corporate customers of the Detroit Public Lighting Department collectively owing about $29 million, said the city’s top lawyer, corporation counsel Melvin (Butch) Hollowell.

After emerging from Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in December, Hollowell tells the publication, the city is required “to balance the budget, and that means maximizing the revenues that are due to the city, and this is part of that process.”

SOURCE: Detroit Free Press | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty


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3 thoughts on “Detroit Charter School Linked To Pastor Marvin Winans Sued For Unpaid Utility Bills

  1. Clarice Hawkins on said:

    Marvin Winans reasons for being placed here on earth was not to always be seen as clear but I do believe he is always fair minded and level headed. Media will take anything, especially since no one else seems to care but talk about detroit, take everyone in their way and make water always be seen as rippling but infact the water is crystal clear and if something got in his way, it seems to me that a city that states it cares would always be the back drop to solutions so don’t make Marvin part of your nonsense because you haven’t done your job. It takes a state to come together and make ends meet as our parents use to say. Find some thing right to say about this earth and it’s people. Marvin said he wasn’t perfect and that trials will come all our way and we can’t be the instigators of truth or deed. Find a job that compliments truth and leave the clan to distort truth.

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