TBN Spokesman: Claims of Misused Funds 'A Lie'

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A spokesperson for the Trinity Broadcasting Network says claims that directors for the broadcast ministry illegally used charitable assets for their own use is "a bold faced lie."

CBN News reported over the weekend that the granddaughter of TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch had accused the ministry's directors of illegally distributing "charitable assets" of more than $50 million.

Brittany B. Koper, daughter of Paul Crouch Jr., had served as the chief financial officer and in other related positions until September last year. In a lawsuit against her former lawyers, she claims that she discovered illegal financial practices but was told to protect the information.

She was fired from the ministry last fall and has since moved to New York with her husband.

"The fact is that Ms. Koper has confessed several different times to embezzling money," Colby May, communications spokesperson for TBN, said. "She and her husband, basically, in the dark of night up and moved to New York."

The accusations were made in a lawsuit against her former attorneys from Davert & Loe, who also represent the ministry. TBN is not named as a party in the suit.

May said the claims she makes against the ministry are completely "unspecified" and appear to have "pulled figures out of thin air."

"It's just a bold faced lie," he said. "They apparently think it's to their advantage to air this out in the press where facts don't have to be verified."

According to May, TBN filed suit against the Kopers for embezzlement last October.

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