Bishop Eddie Long has had enough legal trouble recently with several male members of his church suing him for coercing them into sex (he settled the suits), but now he has more. Several members of his church have filed a suit accusing him of endorsing a Ponzi scheme run by a friend of his.
A dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., filed suit in DeKalb County court in late January. The suit says that Long’s assistant had been warned that businessman Ephren W. Taylor was running a $3 million capital deficit, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
After Long introduced the businessman as his “friend,” the former New Birth members lost more than $1 million investing with the self-described “social capitalist.”
“If Bishop Eddie Long hadn’t endorsed this they wouldn’t have invested,” Jason Doss, attorney for the former members, told the Journal-Constitution.
That sounds like a fairly weak case, though discovery may provide more evidence that could change that analysis. Of course, his entire church is a scam.