Officials at Montrose Baptist Church in Rockville have told the congregation that a company set up by its former senior pastor, the Rev. Ray Hope, owes the church's school more than $580,000 and that the case has been turned over to legal authorities.
[Sandy Adams Jr.] and [Mark Hamilton] said in interviews that they were asked by the investigating agency not to reveal its name because that could hinder the probe. They said that information also was withheld from the congregation.
The church has calculated that it is owed $83,000 for the 2000- 01 school year and more than $500,000 for the 2001-02 term, Hamilton said. The school, adjacent to the church at 5100 Randolph Rd., has 550 students in kindergarten through high school. About 50 of the students are from outside the United States.
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