COSTA MESA (AP) — Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch have faced plenty of mountains as they built up the world’s largest Christian broadcaster, but the most recent attack on Trinity Broadcasting Network is coming from within their own family.

The Crouches’ granddaughter has filed court papers that include allegations of $50 million in financial wrongdoing at the ministry headquartered in Orange County.

Brittany Koper’s lawsuit doesn’t name TBN, but another suit filed by her uncle-in-law does. That suit accuses TBN of opulent spending on private jets, mansions and a mobile home for Jan Crouch’s dogs.

The lawsuits were filed after Koper and her husband were accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from Trinity.

The feud comes as the network weathers a drop in donations and the departure of the eldest Crouch son.

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Comments (8)
  1. Jaye Rand says:

    The entire Daystar channel lineup should be..well, IN a linup! It’s the modern-day version of the old tent revival, snake-oil salesmen’s huckstering! These people spend at least half their time pushing, rather SHAMING their viewers to send in their “prayer seed” and “forgiveness tithes”..for at least $1000.00 a pop..for God will then “see their committment” and reward them back! Meanwhile, these con-artists are raking in the dough and spending it on their silk tailored suits, Rolexes and spiffy cars, you can bet..just like the bunch in this article! It’s a sad shame, for those who watch are often elderly or, at best, very vulnerable due to a lack of knowledge or awareness about how they’re being suckered!

  2. Tyrone Flanagan says:

    Paul Crouch is a pioneering religious broadcast entrepeneur who has been remarkably successful over the years. If his business was purely secular, the wealth of his personal lifestyle wouldn’t bother me because I know that Paul and Jan give alot of money to charities. If TBN has a tax exempt status as a religious entity, then I do object. All of these television ministries need a continual infusion of lots of cash flow to keep operating, and this is where the problems can start.

  3. larrylinn says:

    Social commentator and former alter-boy George Carlin sums it up, “Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more.”

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