Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Paul Crouch’s Granddaughter Exposes Corruption at TBN

Trinity Broadcasting Network’s president and founder Paul Crouch Sr.’s policy of putting family members in positions of power at the largest “Christian” TV network in the world may have come back to bite him. His granddaughter, Brittany Crouch Koper (above), who served as TBN’s chief financial officer, is accusing TBN “of unlawfully distributing charitable assets worth more than $50 million to the company’s directors.”
Koper filed a federal lawsuit against two TBN lawyers, Douglass S. Davert and David C. Loe, who reportedly instructed her to “shut up” about what she discovered in her position as financial officer. The complaint says that the lawyers intimidated Ms. Koper into returning her own perks which included her house, car, jewelry, life insurance and home furnishings. Failure to do so would result in jail time for her, the attorneys allegedly threatened. According to Koper, a false lawsuit had been filed against her and her husband Michael, also a TBN employee, charging them with misappropriation of funds, in October, 2011, in an attempt to stop her whistle blowing. That case was closed by the plaintiffs after she complied with the demands.
Coincidentally, that same month Koper’s father, Paul Crouch Jr, resigned his position from TBN as Chief of Staff, to “pursue other ministry opportunities.” His hasty retreat baffled many people. Why would he leave TBN as second in command next to hid dad to take a position at a small minority-owned network?
“Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,” said Koper’s attorney, Tymothy MacLeod to the Orange County Register who broke the story of Koper’s lawsuit on February 9, 2012. That same day, Paul Crouch Sr. and his younger son Matthew Crouch made veiled threats at anyone who would try to come against TBN.
“There have been a few attempts in the TBN history to upset TBN, to stop TBN,” said Matt Crouch to his father on Behind the Scenes. “You know, there have been a few fools in the 39-year history...and you know what - any attempt at stopping TBN -- they have no idea who they’re actually pushing into the corner. You and mom get pushed in a corner - God help you. That’s a lesson I’ve learned from you, seriously.”
“God help anyone who would try to get in the way of TBN, which was God’s plan,” Paul Crouch responded. “I have attended the funeral of at least two people who tried.”
That threat should be taken seriously when you consider Brittany Koper’s allegations in her complaint that her Uncle Matthew brandished a firearm to threaten her. Matthew Crouch “began tapping the firearm he had brought to the meeting and asked Ms. Koper what she thought would happen when she wrote a memo to the board critical of Matthew Crouch’s financial improprieties. Matthew Crouch continued tapping the gun he was holding to ensure that Ms. Koper recognized the lethal threat being made.”
Several years ago, someone who was suing TBN for plagiarism told this reporter that after filing suit against them, her brake lines were cut on her car and she was being tailed wherever she went. If these allegations are true, then TBN cannot point the finger at God for their protection. They seem to be taking matters into their own hands.
Lewdness at TBN
Another strange twist to this story is the accusation that defendant David Loe sexually harassed Koper on more than one occasion when she was working with him. The complaint says,“Defendant Loe touched Ms. Koper in an overtly sexual manner repeatedly, told Ms. Koper that he was sexually aroused, made lewd and derogatory comments about engaging in sexual acts with Ms. Koper, and offered illegal drugs to Ms. Koper, who was defendant Loe’s client in that matter and others. In a business meeting, Mr. Loe made repeated remarks about Ms. Koper’s breast enhancement surgery, reached across the table in front of witnesses, and grabbed Ms. Koper’s breasts to (as Mr. Loe put it) ‘see if they feel real.’
After Ms. Koper repeatedly refused defendant Loe’s sexual advances, defendant Loe became cruel, vindictive, and malicious toward Ms. Koper.”
The Register reported “ that Koper is readying documentation regarding her charges and will submit a package to the Internal Revenue Service for its review.” Time will tell if Koper will follow up on this brave act or succumb to the intimidation that, she says in her complaint, has made her physically ill with “loss of appetite, physical weakness, nausea, headaches, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, stomach and digestive problems, malnutrition, hair loss, severe insomnia, and suicidal thoughts requiring counseling and medication.”
This is not the first time TBN has been rocked with scandal.
In 2004, Paul Crouch Sr. settled out of court, paying out nearly half a million dollars, to keep another former employee quiet regarding an alleged 1996 homosexual fling between the two of them.
The Koper case has the potential of bringing even more disgrace, not only to TBN, but to the name of Christianity in the eyes of the onlooking world. It makes the PTL scandal look like a Sunday School picnic.
Brittany Koper could not be reached for comment and the defendants did not return messages left at their law offices. [Further information on TBN and the Crouch lifestyle can be found in the book, The Fleecing of Christianity, by Jackie Alnor.]

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there Brother; It is entirely up to your discretion to post articles that lays claims to exposing the shortcomings of other Christian Ministries. However, if you feel that the Lord is leading you in that direction, then well and good. As for me, I do not believe that it serves any good purpose at all in uplifting the name of the Lord to lead others to salvation if there are those out there in Internet land who can only see Christians seemingly trying to show other Christian Ministries in the very worst possible light? However, if you feel that in doing so you may be exposing the wickedness of others in these latter times then that could be seen as some form of rational for wanting to show the world the very worst side of human nature? If that then is the case, there may be some excuse for wanting to expose the corruption at TBN? Other than that, by exposing them for what they are you are warning those who attend these ministries of the dangers that lurk behind the walls of some of these churches that claim to be Born Again, Spirit Filled, Christian Ministries, that in itself may be reason enough for wanting to do so.

Anonymous said...

If this is true, it is hardly "shortcomings". It is criminal, and should be exposed by the highest mountain tops from every Christian.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous; Is that right, then does that mean that it is all right to have a go at anyone at all just because they do not agree with our own point of view, as that is what you are suggesting when the word of God says something that is quite to the contrary. The Lord says to find fault with one of his children is to find fault with him - and that if we set out to attack other Christians we are in fact attacking the general body of Christ; that is, the church of believers itself. That does not mean that we should agree with everything that others have to say relative to all matters. Instead, what it means is that we should not deliberately set out to vilify and attack other Christian groups in an insulting and derogatory just because we are able to find fault in the most general of terms comparative to their ministries. Surely, as a reasonable thinking adult, (which I assume you are) if you were to attend a certain fellowship only to find that what you found at that particular church was not to your liking wouldn't you instead find another church without having to broadcast what you had found to be at fault within that church all the Internet? If that is the case, then that analogy also applies in this instance.

Anonymous said...

Who says these are Christians? If true, then these are criminals. Let the truth come out. Your logic is flawed, and logic like that has been used by Catholic leaders to sweep years of abuse under the rug. If they have done nothing wrong, then they have nothing to worry about, and God will bring them through and they will be better for it. However, if these very serious charges by their own family member are true then they need to be locked up for a very long time.

colin said...

Anonymous no 2,
I think 'wolves in sheeps clothing' would be the correct term to employ?

Anonymous said...

This is an absolute shame. I agree that these disclosures need to be made. The bible says we should have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness but to expose them. In addition Jesus said whatever is hidden shall be made known. God himself will expose wickedness, especially after allowing numerous unheeded opportunities for repentance. Wake up o sleepers. Telethon anyone? .....