Family members of alleged York victim
testify that they doubt girl's story
Macon (Ga.) Telegraph/January 20, 2004
By Wayne Crenshaw
Brunswick -- The mother and brother of a girl who earlier
testified that Malachi York repeatedly molested her said Monday
they don't believe her.
The girl's mother said her daughter is part of "a conspiracy"
against York, leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, who
is on trial facing 13 federal counts of molestation and
"I saw no signs of any molestation whatsoever," the woman told
the jury. "I don't believe (she) was molested. All of those young
ladies are after money."
The alleged victim's brother gave similar testimony, saying he
was close to his sister and often talked to her about problems she
was having. He said she never mentioned being molested.
"I do not believe Malachi York molested my sister," he told the
On cross examination, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Moultrie
asked the girl's mother if she had seen a medical report on her
daughter that indicated a finding consistent with sexual abuse.
She said she had not.
"Are you telling the ladies and gentleman of this jury that you
made up your mind your daughter is lying, and you didn't even
bother to look at the medical report?" he asked.
"Yes," the woman replied.
Both the mother and brother said they are still Nuwaubians and
live on the group's compound in Putnam County.
A medical doctor who also is a Nuwaubian testified Monday and
disputed the reference "consistent with sexual abuse" cited in the
findings of some of the alleged victim's medical reports.
Dr. Frederick Bright said he reviewed all of the medical
reports. He indicated he did not find anything that could lead him
to conclude the children had been molested.
"When we say 'consistent with' a certain diagnosis, what we say
is that it is in agreement with that diagnosis, but it does not
give a definitive diagnosis," he said. "Even if there's a
10-percent chance a scar could be from one thing, there's a
90-percent chance it could be something else."
He also gave a lengthy description of what he called
"irregularities" in the way the medical reports were done,
including what he said were indications of "pre-conceived notions
that molestations occurred." But on cross examination, Assistant
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Thacker attempted to show that Bright's
own opinion was not objective.
She showed him a copy of his application to the Ancient
Egyptian Order, one of York's organizations, in which he wrote: "I
have tremendous respect and love for the master teacher of our day
Bright acknowledged he was referring to York but insisted that
his testimony regarding the medical reports reflected an objective
Also Monday, York's accountant showed the jury York's federal
income tax returns from 1996 to 2001 that indicated a gross income
of nearly $6 million over that time period. His net annual income
- the amount after expenses related to operating his businesses
are deducted - ranged from $70,000 to $225,000. The income came
from four businesses: The Ancient Mystic Order of Melchizedek,
Holy Tabernacle Ministries, Holy Tabernacle Stores and rental
Holy Tabernacle Stores, a chain that sells books and other
products created by Nuwaubians, was the highest source of income.
Each return also listed York's marital status as single, though
witnesses have testified that many women were considered his
wives. He also listed no dependents, though federal investigators
have said he is believed to have about 100 offspring.
The accountant, Neil Dukoff, was called by the defense to
refute the government's racketeering charges against York. Those
charges accuse York of splitting cash deposits to avoid depositing
more than $10,000 at one time, which would have to be reported to
Dukoff, whose office is in New York, said York could have paid
less taxes if he had claimed dependents and that York never tried
to file for tax-exempt status as a religious organization.
"He wanted to call it a business," Dukoff said.
But he also stated under cross examination that the tax returns
were based on information provided by York's finance office.
Dukoff could not say that no criminal activity related to York's
finances had occurred.
Also Monday, three men testified that they lived in the same
house as some of York's alleged male victims.
All said there was a curfew at dark, that the boys in the house
were almost always together, and they did not believe the alleged
victims had made late-night trips to York's house, where the
alleged victims said they were molested. The defense witnesses
also said they had never seen any signs that the boys were being