Lawsuit claims TBN network involved in financial fraud
Granddaughter of TBN founder Paul Crouch alleges sexual assault, and massive financial fraud at the Christian network based in Orange County.
In her lawsuit
Brittany Koper the grand-daughter of TBN founder Paul Crouch alleges she was told to cover up acts of fraud by the network, furthermore when she blew the whistle on the matter she was fired not before being sexually assaulted by one of the lawyers representing her grandfather's television network.
Paul Crouch and his wife founded the Trinity Broadcasting Systems in 1973 alongside Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Bakker. In 1975 the Bakker's would leave to start their own ministry, Jim Bakker himself was disgraced by sex scandals
and served time in prison for fraud People magazine reported in 1987. In the beginning TBN nearly went bankrupt after just 2 days on the air according to Crouch's autobiography entitled "Hello World." Today TBN is available in 95%
of the households in America.
Brittany Koper is the daughter of Paul and Jan Crouch's oldest son Paul Jr. and according to her lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court she also held numerous positions, including Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of a TBN subsidiary, and also was on the ministry's board of directors. Koper's lawsuit states: "Following her appointment, Ms. Koper specifically instructed to falsify public financial disclosures," as well as government records and cover up TBN's conduct in general
The Crouch's granddaughter also alleges in her lawsuit that an attorney with an Orange County law firm which counseled TBN in legal matters "sexually assaulted Ms. Koper on multiple occasions and in front of witnesses." Allegedly grabbing her breasts, slapping her buttocks, soliciting sexual relations, and making lewd remarks. In one incident at a 'business meeting' this attorney reportedly grabbed Brittany Koper's breasts, after she had had breast enhancement surgery, to as the lawsuit claims "see if they felt real."
An attorney connected to the case told the LA Times
that "She (Koper) blew the whistle and was terminated." Timothy MacLeod represents Koper's husbands' uncle who also was employed at TBN. The lawsuit alleges that Crouch Sr. obtained a $50-million “Global Express” luxury jet for personal use through a “sham loan,” and that TBN funds paid for a $100,000 motor home for dogs owned by his wife, director Janice Crouch according to the Times report.
The lawsuit also claims according to the LA Times that TBN directors received between $300,000 and $500,000 for meal expenses and also the use of chauffeurs. More so TBN is alleged to have accepted fraudulent donations and kick-backs from 'third party ministries' according to the LA Times.
In her complaint to the federal court, Koper also alleges that when she asked why her husband had been fired at a meeting, Matthew Crouch her uncle began tapping a gun he brought with him on the table. He then allegedly asked her what she thought would happen if she wrote a memo about her accusations against TBN.
The case docket
states a scheduling conference will be held on May 21st at 8:30am before Judge David O. Carter.