World’s Largest Christian TV Channel Emboiled In Fraud, Embezzlement, Sex Scandals

imagesTo sum up, the network’s founders are accused of stealing millions of dollars which they spent on private jets, mansions, and covering up  sex scandals. The Guardian reports:

The California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network has become embroiled in a multimillion-dollar financial scandal after allegations of widespread embezzlement. The network, which claims to broadcast in every continent except the Antarctic and has 18,000 affiliates, was set up by Paul Crouch in the 1970s and preaches a “prosperity gospel” which promises material rewards to those who give generously.

The claims describe exorbitant spending on mansions in California, Tennessee and Florida, Paul Crouch obtaining a $50m luxury jet for his personal use through a “sham loan”, while church funds – many of which come from donations during its “Praise-a-thons” – paid for a $100,000 mobile home to house the dogs of Crouch’s flamboyant wife, Janice.

Directors of the network are also accused of misusing funds to cover up sex scandals, including the alleged “cover-up and destruction of evidence concerning a bloody sexual assault involving Trinity Broadcasting and affiliated Holy Land Experience employees; the cover-up of director Janice Crouch’s affair with a staff member at the Holy Land Experience; the cover-up of director Paul Crouch’s use of Trinity Broadcasting funds to pay for a legal settlement with Enoch Lonnie Ford (a former TBN employee who said he had a homosexual affair with [founder] Paul Crouch)”.

15 Comments on "World’s Largest Christian TV Channel Emboiled In Fraud, Embezzlement, Sex Scandals"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm |

    That’s odd.

    Normally you’d expect the forces of the free markets or some cloud-borne lightning thrower to catch up with them before a whistleblower suit.

  2. These sorts of incidents are an excellent example of why we need “out of touch” moral codes.

    There’s no other way to achieve this level of entertaining human drama/debacle than through “Holier Than Thou” ideologies coupled with inevitable human hypocrisy.

  3. Calypso_1 | Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

    These people aren’t real Christians.  Real Christians would never have a travel trailer for their dogs.  They tie them to the roof of their car.

  4. Emboiled, eh?  I wouldn’t want to be them right now…

  5. Holy shit! Look at that ladie’s hair! That must be the work of satan!

  6. Jesus Borg | Mar 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    I heard “embroiling” was healthier.

  7. DeepCough | Mar 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

    Benny Hinn makes out like a bandit in ways that make Wall Street brokers green with envy (as opposed to greed).

  8. justagirl | Mar 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm |

    well this is just shocking..

  9. Eric_D_Read | Mar 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm |

    These types of evangelists don’t bother me at all. They’re just fleecing suckers for cash. Some of them are even really amusing when I’m baked and bored.

    The Dennis Terry types are the ones I have a serious problem with.

  10. this is the religious version of mtv, people flock only to the entertaining value of evangelists and not thinking about the message

  11. gwen jackson | Mar 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm |

    oh that wig, i must have that lovely clowny wig…so shiny.

  12. This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Working people sending their cash for “salvation” dealt out by shysters like this bunch. Sad, just sad.

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