Christian TV Station Fighting Over Money


Some of the higher ups at the Trinity Broadcasting Network, including the granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, are suing one another and accusing each other of stealing tens of millions of dollars. The OC Register reports:

The granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Paul and Jan Crouch has accused the world’s largest Christian broadcaster of unlawfully distributing charitable assets worth more than $50 million to the company’s directors.

The charges are leveled in a federal lawsuit filed by Crouch granddaughter Brittany Koper last week against her former lawyers, who also do legal work for TBN.

“Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,” said Tymothy MacLeod, Koper’s attorney. “And finally, with the CFO coming forward, we have answers to those questions.”

Koper had served as chief financial officer, director of finance, corporate treasurer and director of human resources for Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, which does business as Trinity Broadcasting Network, according to the suit.

The attorneys claim that Koper is the one who’s been stealing money. I gotta stock up on popcorn.

Comments

  1. raven says

    As I said on the Pat Robertson thread, it is amusing and appalling how fundie xians spend their money.

    Much of it is simply skimmed off by their leaders and used for high living.

    Trinity Broadcasting Network, including the granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, are suing one another and accusing each other of stealing tens of millions of dollars.

    “Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,

    Oh well. Money spent on multiple mansions, jets, and chauffeurs is money that won’t be spent trying to overthrow the US government and set up a theocracy. BTW, there is no mention of yachts, expensive drugs, or platoons of servants. I’m sure they must have all the trappings of great wealth.

  2. flatlander100 says

    Clearly the granddaughter has forgotten the Godly advice of Jim Bakker to the young church woman he was escorting to his bedroom: “When you serve the shepherd, you serve the sheep.” Of course, he probably meant “service” rather than “serve,” but close enough.

  3. Chiroptera says

    This is weird. It’s almost as if Christians aren’t any more moral and ethical than non-Christians.

  4. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    BTW, there is no mention of yachts

    <Looks around furtively, then realizes nobody is accusing me of taking money from Christians.>

  5. Ellie says

    “Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,” said Tymothy MacLeod, Koper’s attorney. “And finally, with the CFO coming forward, we have answers to those questions.”

    Not necessary for the CFO to come forward. I already knew the answer.

  6. firefly says

    “Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,”

    I know a songwriter who has a great song about these kinds of evangelists which includes the lines:

    He’d preach about fire
    until he scared them all enough
    to pay for all his stuff

    What will it take for the ‘flock’ to open their eyes to this kind of hypocrisy?

  7. dingojack says

    Since no one else has mentioned it (yet):

    1 Timothy 6:10
    For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”.

    But would we really expect such christians to have even cursory knowledge of their own holy book?
    Dingo

  8. tbp1 says

    I love it when they go cannibal.

    You’d think there would be plenty to go around in this particular case, though, and they wouldn’t have to fight over it.

  9. says

    In any sane democracy, perhaps the outcome of all this exposure would be to end these tax-exempt money-laundering schemes once and for all, but then America has long since proven to be anything but a sane democracy.

  10. Freeman says

    Here’s my take on it: The granddaughter is the only true believer of the bunch, having been raised up immersed in it. They had to put on a good show, and couldn’t tell her it was all bs and they were milking the sheep when she was young, and they sure can’t admit it now. Their own bs came back to bite them!

  11. raven says

    Here’s my take on it: The granddaughter is the only true believer of the bunch, having been raised up immersed in it

    Naw. Once they got bored with stealing from their donors, they started stealing from each other.

  12. nmcc says

    It IS one of life’s little pleasures watching these fuckers when they (inevitably) fall out with each other over money, or screwing on the side, or cavorting with male prostitutes whilst high on drugs just before delivering a sermon on the evils of homosexuality and drug-taking.

    My favourite one was the Todd Bentley ‘Florida revival’ affair. Boy, was that funny!

  13. says

    Christians stealing from each other, I thought we were supposed to be the ones lacking morality? It won’t matter to the faithful though, look at all the other crap they excuse on a daily basis.

  14. says

    It IS one of life’s little pleasures watching these fuckers when they (inevitably) fall out with each other over money, or screwing on the side, or cavorting with male prostitutes whilst high on drugs just before delivering a sermon on the evils of homosexuality and drug-taking.

    It gets less pleasurable when you remember that most of the dollars they are squabbling about are donated by hoodwinked and duped but otherwise normal, and often needy people.

  15. Aquaria says

    Some of the higher ups at the Trinity Broadcasting Network, including the granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, are suing one another and accusing each other of stealing tens of millions of dollars.

    Oh for fuck’s sake!

    If Agatha Christie had written about these nuts, she would have called the book Thievery on the Jebus Express. Who’s the thief? All of them!

  16. says

    Surely the first amendment would allow the government to require financial disclosure for churches? How is it they can rake in so much swag and not account for it (except to co-conspirators who feel ripped off)?

  17. raven says

    It’s probably legal to siphon off as much money as they want. Separation of church and state and all that.

    What usually trips these people up is:

    1. Taxes. If they are converting donations into their own private accounts, they need to pay taxes on it.

    2. Fraud. If they are claiming the money is for one thing and then using it for themselves, this can be fraud.

    IIRC, that is how they got Jim Bakker. He has some related businesses and sold more time shares or condos than he actually had or some such.

  18. Aquaria says

    Sometimes, their own church boards, deacons or accountants trip them up. The minister over at Eagle’s Nest church here in San Antonio was exposed as one of these thieves a few years ago, by his own church, when someone demanded an audit after acquiring “giving fatigue”. You know, when they church keeps asking for so much money for stuff that people finally get fed up of giving.

    Turned out the minister and his bagmen were skimming moolah off the funds to build their “new” megachurch so that they could wear Arman and Cartier, watch the Spurs in their luxury suite at AT&T, and charter planes to Paris and London–where they of course stayed in luxury hotels.

    But most of the congregation don’t notice that they’re being ripped off. One of the fundie ministers in a small East Texas town where I went to high school was living in his car when he first got there, but within 10 years had a multi-million dollar mansion, owned ranches in Brazil and Argentina where he raised prize-winning bulls, and wore Gucci watches and hand-tooled cowboy boots-while his parishioners were either on welfare or at the door for Catholic Charities to get handouts whenever the doors opened. Or both. None of his congregation ever questioned it, and, if you tried to point out how much he was spending on himself–at their expense–they’d only say that you were jealous of him, or hated their genocidal sky fairy.

    It really is true that you can’t reason people out of something they didn’t reason themselves into.

  19. nmcc says

    “It gets less pleasurable when you remember that most of the dollars they are squabbling about are donated by hoodwinked and duped but otherwise normal, and often needy people.”

    Yeah, fair point. Though the crooks usually have a few seriously wealthy benefactors who don’t mind handing over large donations just as a kind of fire insurance and to convince themselves that they really are followers of the poor Nazerene carpenter’s son.

    One of these preaching pilferers, Cashflow Dollar, I think he’s called, was recently given a rolls royce by the ‘board’ of his megachurch as a present for keeping the church in the forefront of, er…cashflow dollars. As far as I’m aware, there is no record of him trying to drive it through the eye of the nearest needle.

  20. says

    “Indulgences: still a market for them.”

    funny how the shift in meaning of “indulgences” over the last several centuries covers a number of meanings. Ha

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