Why Paul and Jan Crouch of TBN Face Corruption For Their Lavish Living Through TV Ministry

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Why Paul and Jan Crouch of TBN Face Corruption For Their Lavish Living Through TV Ministry

There has been much talk lately about how Paul and Jan Crouch of the Trinity Broadcasting Network and relatives spend the donated monies for their ministry. Everyone knows that this couple have built the largest and most popular Christian network in the country. If you are not too young to know: Jan and Paul Crouch were friends with Jim and Tammy Bakker of PTL in the 1970’s. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Christian show at that time was the largest Christian show airing. Once Jim Bakker was caught cheating and trouble with the IRS, the ministry went down along with all its amenities including a popular amusement park called PTL Heritage USA.

After the end came for their ministry, it was Paul and Jan Crouch who seemed to pick of the pieces and wanted to takeover that spot in the media and Christian community. They started TBN and their infamous Praise The Lord television show soon after, which just happens to spell out The Bakker”s P-T-L. This was very convenient. It seems like they wanted to be The Bakkers but better.

So, in our opinion, The Crouches superseded the Bakkers in living lavishly through TV ministry and now they are paying the price for greed and corruption. We are not sure why anyone would follow these two, especially since Jan has been sporting her pink wigs and wanna-be, cosmetically made Barbie doll face. On top of that, the ministry and its antics have been very obviously a scam used through prosperity gospel and way too many people fell prey to it. We will never understand why the most obvious scammers seem to reap the benefits from alleged unsuspected Christians.

So, let us take a look at some of why their lavishness is causing such a stir and is now exposed through.. family members of all people. According to TBN’s former finance director and granddaughter, Brittany Koper, she says:

  • 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
  • Mrs. Crouch, 74, mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, theHoly 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.

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

The granddaughter, Brittany Koper exposed all of these findings after she was fired by the network for allegedly stealing $1.3 million for cars and real estate. She and her husband enjoyed:

  • Often-vacant homes in Texas and on the former Conway Twitty estate in Tennessee.
  • Corporate jets valued at $8 million and $49 million each and thousand-dollar dinners with fine wines, paid with tax-exempt money.

Ms. Koper said:

The company run by Matthew Crouch, 50, who is her uncle, had received an estimated $50 million in TBN money over the years, with little oversight, to finance religious film projects and television shows. TBN recouped only a small fraction of its loans and investments, sometimes forgiving large sums in return for broadcast rights of limited value, she said.

  • Matthew also received rent-free houses, who is now a TBN vice president, and his wife Laurie.
  • They also have separate houses for their young-adult sons in Costa Mesa, Calif., including one that Ms. Koper said was remodeled at company expense with wall-mounted Transformer robot figures costing several thousand dollars, a putting green and an indoor basketball court.

In 2010, a tax report stated TBN received $93 million in tax-exempt donations, $64 million in additional income from sales of airtime and $17 million in investment income that year.

TBN spent $194 million operating its network and investing in new programs. Even while the company was in the red for the year, it could draw on its cushion of $325 million in cash and investments.

In 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Crouch received salaries of  $400,000 and $365,000 as president and first vice president.

All that glitters is not gold and it is clear that The Crouches are reaping what they sow. Personally, we have been waiting for this to happen for years. It is high time that these pulpit pimps and prosperity preaching pushers be exposed. It’s no different than what happened at the Crystal Cathedral. The family and board turned on The Schuellers as well and when you don’t do God’s work authentically, then this is the result from the LOVE of money!! May God have mercy on them!