These are the notes prepared by Manny Bucur – an HBC deacon from Rolling Meadows – based upon a meeting with HBC leaders on 19 April 2019. He assures me that these notes accurately reflect what was said by leadership during this meeting.
There are some interesting insights. In particular, there is an assertion that MacDonald helped provide substantial financial assistance to his assistant, Sharon Kostal, to purchase a home. More later on this.
Also, of personal interest, the leaders in this meeting confirmed that Duitsman and Sperling were the elders who funded the ill-conceived litigation against the five defendants. For what it’s worth, as soon as I heard two elders were funding the litigation and the lawyer who filed it was known more for DUI work I knew this was not serious litigation. Typically in a civil suit such as this an attorney will accept payment in the form of a contingency fee. If the plaintiff succeeds in recovering then a portion goes to the attorney. Since payment was required up front this was a possible indicator that the attorney did not believe there was a strong case.
Also rather amusing is the fact that the numerous books that filled MacDonald’s office are of no interest to MacDonald, not terribly shocking. He indicated his lack of interest in receiving them back, and HBC plans to sell them.
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