Trinity Broadcasting Network board accused of diverting millions of dollars

In October, Paul Crouch Jr. abruptly left Trinity Broadcasting Corporation. The explanation given was vague.

This may have been the reason why; his daughter, Brittany Koper, former TBN CFO, is accusing the world’s largest religious broadcaster of diverting over 50 million dollars from charitable assets to the company’s directors.

The charges are leveled in a federal lawsuit filed by Crouch granddaughter Brittany Koper (far left) last week against her former lawyers, who also do legal work for TBN.

“Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,” said Tymothy MacLeod, Koper’s attorney. “And finally, with the CFO coming forward, we have answers to those questions.”

Koper had served as chief financial officer, director of finance, corporate treasurer and director of human resources for Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, which does business as Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), according to the suit. Koper’s complaint is not directed against her grandparents or TBN — but against the two attorneys who handle some TNB legal work, and who once worked for Koper herself. She accuses them of professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and other transgressions in the suit.

Koper was using these attorneys for her personal affairs, and she went to them with her suspicions over the legality of the payments to TBN’s directors, only to be told to shut up, return everything she had earned through TBN to the company, and be gone, according to the suit.

Douglass S. Davert of Davert & Loe in Long Beach is one of the attorneys targeted in Koper’s suit. ”Her assertions are outright fiction and wholly without merit,” he said. ”The allegations are defamatory and to the extent they get printed we are going to defend ourselves vigorously.”

Davert said he couldn’t comment fully on pending litigation, but that there’s a great deal more going on here.

The two attorneys filed a suit against Brittany Koper and her husband in October (the month Paul Crouch Jr left) accusing them of misappropriating funds and forging documents to the tune of four hundred thousand dollars.  The suit was dismissed in January.

Koper is being represented by Tymothy MacLeod, who got a successful settlement for former employee Brian Dugger, who claimed he was harassed and discriminated against because he was gay.

TBN, a nonprofit, reported revenues of $175.6 millionexpenses of$193.7 million, and net assets of $827.6 million at the end of 2010, according to its tax returns. Its highest-paid officer was Paul Crouch, with compensation of $400,000.Its directors included Paul and Jan Crouch, Paul Crouch Jr., Matthew Crouch, Koper and her husband, among others, according to TBN’s most recent tax returns.

MacLeod said that Koper is readying documentation regarding her charges and will submit a package to the Internal Revenue Service for its review.


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10 Responses to Trinity Broadcasting Network board accused of diverting millions of dollars

  1. Dan Holmes - the ghost author - says:

    By their fruit you will know them.

  2. Bene D says:

    Breach of Fiduciary Duties, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Professional Negligence.
    SACV12-00160 JVS ANx Filed February 1, 2010
    The granddaughter (Koper) moved to NY state in October.

    - She is alleging one of the attorneys sexually assaulted her last year when she was seeking advice about a divorce.
    - She alleges she was instructed to falsify public financial disclosures, to falsify government records, and to otherwise cover up conduct of the TBN Companies and their directors
    - She alleges she was threatened and intimidated Companies’ directors and senior executives when she “reported and objected to what she reasonably believed was an unlawful distribution scheme involving tens of millions of dollars improperly received by those same directors. Ms. Koper was told by directors of Trinity Broadcasting that they would have Ms. Koper “arrested” and “prosecuted” if she tried to report the TBN Companies or their directors for financial improprieties”
    - She alleges she was threatened with arrest for “theft” if she blew the whistle and alleges she was told she was an “accomplice”
    - She and her husband Michael were fired (TBN Corporate Secretary and VP of Media Services the end of September (30/10/11)
    - The document alleges that Matthew Crouch (her uncle) started tapping his firearm when they met to question their termination
    - She alleges she was told to ‘get over it’, ‘move on’ and if she broke the confidentiality agreement TBN would stop at nothing to see that the Kopers were’ thoroughly punished’, she’d ‘go to prison for decades’, was ‘just as guilty’ as the TBN board, to do what she was told by in house counsel or she’d be ‘going to jail’, ‘plead for sympathy’ from the directors, turn over earnings and property (which the filing says the Kopers did) and sent a letter of ‘contrition’ to the board.

    Then allegations get even weirder.
    The filing alleges the lawyers went after her, her husband and her father-in-law.
    She is asking for approximately 2.5 million.

    I wonder how many lawsuits TBN has faced over the years and if this is the first family member and executive to fight back? This reads like corporate hardball and gives new meaning to the term Christian mafia.

  3. Adam says:

    Christian mafia. Consecutive polygamy.
    All these new buzzwords and catch phrases I need to brush up on to describe hopelessly evil people taking advantage of my fellow well-meaning truth seekers.

    There’s no relief this worldly christian system has to offer. Look inside your own heart to find your answers. Reconnect with the fact that you are living on and breathing in the atmosphere of a being. You eat her food and drink her water, without thanks I might add. Reconnect with your true self. You are greater than you can imagine. Take your own power back and stop giving it away to random people and deities. They all know something you don’t, that you are worth deceiving. Why would you be worth deceiving? Because YOU are the powerful being here. YOU reading this. YOU.

    Repent from worshipping these idols. Stop giving them your money. Their ‘god’ is one of many beings, one of many “gods”. Their god, as rightly said 2 comments up, is known by its fruit.

    Turn off your television. Give your hard earned money to a distant relative before you ever give it to some stranger pimping the go$pel of baby je$u$.

    Side with the truth and you’ll always be right.
    That’s my honest advice.

    You can’t stop these criminal sociopaths from getting into positions of power as they tend to do. You can’t convince everyone you know that they’re all wolfs in sheeps clothing. What you can do is be NON compliant. Do not give them your money, do not go to their buildings, and do not watch them on television. This deception game has been going on before you got here and will continue after you leave. Keep your power. DO NOT FEAR THEM. Weak beings prey on the good intentioned. Why would you fear cowards? Practice unconditional love. Unconditional love means no conditions. These churchian pastor half-wits wouldn’t know what truth or unconditional love was if it slapped them on the cheek. They probably wouldn’t even be so obedient to their so-called master as to turn the other cheek if you did.

    We need to grow up and put away these petty things.
    Move on folks.
    You’re on spaceship Earth, which is continually MOVING through space. Surrounded by other planets and other beings, endless other galaxies and endless other beings.
    One day we’ll all be telepathic and no one will be able to hide their lies and deception from each other. Get ready and live like it’s already reality. I do.

    In love and honesty,

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  7. Mark Byron says:

    I’m not sure if this explains the financial math, but often the ministry will buy the homes for their principles. That way, they can make a more modest take-home pay and let the ministry pick up the tab for the planes and houses.

    It’s still looking too extravagant whoever is picking up the tab.

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  9. Carolyn says:

    A new lawsuit has been filed. In the article, it is possible to download a copy of the lawsuit. Here is the link:

  10. Bene Diction says:

    Thank Carolyn.

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