Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are currently at the House of Prayer Church on Airport Road. For years former members of the church have stated it was less a church and more like a cult.
Former members have alleged abuse and fraudulent means regarding housing and veteran benefits.
Per Courier correspondent Lewis Levine, law enforcement officers were seen carrying weapons around the area of the church and a group of women and men were seen standing outside one of the buildings on the property being guarded by a female officer with a weapon.
Levine reported the FBI is investigating two other churches, one being in Augusta, associated with House of Prayer.
House of Prayer Church leader Rony Denis reportedly lives in Augusta.
"I can confirm that the FBI is on scene executing a court authorized search warrant," said Jenna Sellitto, the FBI Public Affairs Officer from Atlanta. "No arrests have been made. Our investigation is ongoing, so I cannot provide further details at this time."
This story is currently developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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