INTERVIEW WITH BRITTANY KOPER, GRANDDAUGHTER OF TBN’S PAUL AND JAN CROUCH

A month ago I got you up to speed on scandals involving the haven of heretics known as TBN in Trinity Broadcasting Network Fires Back Regarding Financial Fraud Allegations.

I told you here at Apprising Ministries that it all kind of begins in October of 2011 as Paul Crouch, Jr. Resigns from Family-Founded TBN. He rather suddenly:

announced his resignation from the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the well-known Christian television ministry his parents Paul and Jan Crouch founded 38 years ago. (source)

February of this year found TBN Embroiled in ‘Sordid’ Family Lawsuit when:

The granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founders Paul and Jan Crouch has accused some of the network’s directors of illegally distributing “charitable assets” worth more than $50 million for their personal use. Brittany B. Koper, the daughter of Paul Crouch Jr., was TBN’s chief financial officer until last September. She says she was wrongfully fired after she refused to cover up the alleged distribution scheme. (source)

Then last month the Christian Post was reporting that TBN Family Feud Heats Up as Network Fires Back Against Fraud Accusations:

The Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) said Tuesday that a civil lawsuit filed against it by the founders’ granddaughter and the company’s former finance director is “meritless and contrived,” adding more arguments to what has become an epic scandal involving the largest Christian television network.

Brittany B. Koper, granddaughter of TBN founders Paul and Janice Crouch and their company’s former director of finance, has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the network knew and kept quiet about broad financial inaccuracies benefiting its founders…

[T]he network claims the Kopers were fired for stealing $1.3 million to buy real estate and cars and make family loans, and only came back with their own allegations later, in retaliation. (source)

I also pointed you to The New York Times, which brought out another angle of this spiritual “he said-she said” by focusing on the obvious opulence of TBN in Family feud reveals luxuries at largest Christian TV network:

For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord’s bounty in return. The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the world’s largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.

Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park.

Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouch’s chauffeur. The twin sets of luxury homes only hint at the high living enjoyed by the Crouches, inspirational television personalities whose multitudes of stations and satellite signals reach millions of worshipers across the globe.

Almost since they started in the 1970s, the couple have been criticized for secrecy about their use of donations, which totaled $93 million in 2010. (source)

Well, as you’ll hear in this interview airing yesterday with Brittany Koper, conducted by Jackie Alnor of Apostasy Alert below, more very disturbing detail comes out concerning Trinity Broadcasting Network.

I’ve been warning you that even Word Faith Heretics Like Creflo Dollar Draw Nearer To Evangelical Acceptance. Though he’s a bit distracted right now as Word Faith Heretic Creflo Dollar Arrested For Battery And Cruelty.

Keep in mind this was alleged to be against his own fifteen-year-old daughter:

That aside, by now you probably know that this year’s Elephant Room 2 would serve to usher reputed modalist T.D. Jakes—a most notorious Word Faith prosperity preacher—right into mainstream evangelicalism,

More than that, it also inserted Jakes into the younger sector of the New Calvinist camp as well. What’s this to do with TBN? Consider ER 2′S T.D. Jakes Says TBN’S Paul CrouchLed By God To Launch Jakes’ Ministry.

And how about this bit of lunacy in the Lord’s Name: Southern Baptist David Jeremiah Praises “Vision God” Gave To TBN’S Paul Crouch. Well, from a family member and TBN insider, see what this “vision” apparently involves.

However, before you do, here’s a bit more about Brittany Koper:

She may have been an heir apparent to the world’s mightiest Christian broadcasting empire, but Brittany Crouch Koper grew up in Irvine thinking she was a regular kid… [However, h]er grandparents are Paul and Jan Crouch, founders of the Trinity Broadcasting Network empire,… And now that empire is under attack, largely due to Koper herself.

Koper, who worked for Trinity from 2007 to 2011, has accused the mighty Christian broadcaster of playing fast and loose with the ministry’s millions, and provided internal documents to back up her claims. She says itunlawfully distributed charitable assets worth more than $50 million to the company’s directors (her family members); bought a$50 million jet through “a sham loan to an alter ego corporation” for the personal use of the Crouches, as well as a $100,000 motor home that’s used as a mobile residence for her grandmother’s dogs; falsely reported “multiple residential estates” as guest homes or church parsonages to avoid income disclosures;  doled out meal expenses of up to a half-million dollars per company director; paid personal chauffeurs with Trinity funds disguised as medical payments; and engaged in “multiple cover-ups of sexual and criminal scandals.”

She has provided documentation to law enforcement and the Internal Revenue Service, and said she is cooperating with their inquiries (though neither the IRS nor the Orange County District Attorney’s office will comment). If the things Koper says are true, laws have been broken, and family members could go to prison. (source)

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