The former leader of the now defunct Hindu Temple of Georgia is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly cheating his followers, prosecutors said.
Annamalai Annamalai, also known as Dr. Commander Selvam and Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar, charged his followers fees in exchange for spiritual and related services, authorities said.
But when a follower provided a credit card to pay a specified price for services, prosecutors said Annamalai would make multiple additional charges to the follower’s credit card in excess of the agreed-upon amount.
Annamalai, 48, would then submit bogus documentation to the credit card companies to support any charges that were disputed, prosecutors said.