During her lunch hour, she searched the internet for any other IRS information on Serino. Scanning the public databases for corporate information, she found very little. Serino’s ministry was a 501C non-profit. She expected that. But a G4 would not be part of a non-profit. How did he register the airplane?
She noticed he had written a biography on himself. "Hm-m, I wonder if I’d learn anything reading that." She marked that for later. Who do I know that might know something about his ministry? I could start with Mom and Dad. I’m sure he’s spoken in Columbia. I also need every letter he has mailed to Whispering Palms. Maybe Shirley can get that for me.
Pulling out the flight log, she began to create a spreadsheet so she could organize her data.
After entering the numbers from the two log pages, she saw that he averaged four trips per month. Counting them out, she entered twenty-six total trips in the past six months. "Wow. That could add up." Doing some quick figures, based on the average venue sizes, she calculated five thousand attendees donating ten dollars each. He could easily be making a cool million, just in trips. If some people gave more, the figures would soar.
"Now I see how he affords the plane," she muttered to herself. "Plus what he draws in every week at his church in Greenville."
Marti had to force herself to save the info in her computer and head to cover her afternoon story. But, she could feel the endorphins pumping from the questions spinning in her mind. Don’t get too excited till you clear this with your editor. How can I frame this story so it doesn’t look like a personal attack on Serino?
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