'Healer' Songwriter Confesses Fraud
August 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM (PT)
AUSTRALIAN pastor and songwriter of hit worship song “Healer,” MICHAEL GUGLIELMUCCI recently confessed that his cancer battle, which inspired the song, was fraudulent. He claimed to have a terminal illness for two years.
The song “Healer” is featured on the brand new HILLSONG album “This Is Our God.” A YOUTUBE video from the HILLSONG performance had attracted 300,000 hits. In the performance, GUGLIELMUCCI performs the song with an oxygen tank. HILLSONG CHURCH is located in SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, and is the home church of worship leader/songwriter DARLENE ZSCHECH and UNITED.
According to the ADELAIDENOW website, GUGLIELMUCCI confessed his two-year fraudulent cancer battle at a national executive meeting of the AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (ACC) on SATURDAY (8/16) and was stripped of his credentials. ACC officials are now investigating GUGLIELMUCCI's bank accounts to see how monies donated by people inspired by the song were used.
GUGLIELMUCCI is now seeking professional help.