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)”.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    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.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    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.

  • Calypso_1

    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.

    • bah

      lmao! 

  • Mike10

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

  • Raz

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

  • Jesus Borg

    I heard “embroiling” was healthier.

  • DeepCough

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

  • justagirl

    well this is just shocking..

  • Eric_D_Read

    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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zhlvdPCalXM#at=138

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      I must say, I’m generally very pleased with the quality of the links you provide.

      • Eric_D_Read

        Thanks.

  • Okarin

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

  • gwen jackson

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIGXNT3SZCI44L6443AMVMRJA Chris

    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.