Former TBN Finance Head: Board Illegally Took $50 Million; Attorney Grabbed Breasts to "See How They Feel"

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A former executive for the Trinity Broadcasting Network has accused the company of illegally funnelling more than $50 million in charitable assets to its board of directors. 

In a federal lawsuit, Brittany Koper, granddaughter of TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch and the former chief financial officer, director of finance, corporate treasurer and director of human resources for the company, not only accuses the Long Beach-based legal firm Davert & Loe of unlawfully distributing the money to company directors, but also accuses attorney David C. Loe of sexually assualting her on multiple occasions in front of witnesses.

Loe, Douglass S. Davert and Benjamin N. Flint III were Koper's former personal attorneys and did legal work for the worldwide Christian TV ministry, according to the suit. Koper is not suing TBN or the Crouches. The law firm has not responded to a request for comment.

In the suit, which was first reported by the Orange County Register, Koper accuses Loe of sexual assualt while representing her within the last year.

According to Koper, Loe made unwanted sexual advances toward her while advising her during a divorce, including touching her repeatedly in an overtly sexual manner and telling her he was aroused sexually, and making lewd remarks about engaging in sexual acts with her. 

Loe also offered Koper illegal drugs, and, during a meeting, touched her breasts, Koper says.

"In a business meeting, Mr. Loe made repeated remarks about Ms. Koper's breast enhancement surgery, reached across the table in front of witnesses, and grabbed Ms. Koper's breasts to (as Ms. [sic] Loe put it) "see how they feel," according to Koper's suit

When Koper refused Loe's sexual advances, he allegedly became cruel and vindictive toward her, while representing her in several legal matters, and he joined Davert and 
Flint in "purposefully and maliciously" acting against her interests, according to the suit.

When she was appointed head of finance, the attorneys as well as senior executives told Koper of illegal financial dealings in the company, according to the suit. After she blew the whistle on the financial misdeeds, Koper was told by the attorneys to cover it up or she was "going to get into trouble", according to the suit.

Koper and her husband, Michael Koper, who, according to the suit, worked as the company's corporate secretary and vice president of media services, were told they would be arrested for theft if they took any documents to lawyers, accountants, investigators or prosecutors, according to the suit. 

Koper alleges that she and her husband were fired after she reported the alleged financial misdeeds. She was fired on or about Sept. 30, according to the suit.

Matthew Crouch, son of Paul and Jan, and a director at Trinity, began tapping a gun he had brought to a meeting, and asked Koper what she thought would happen when she wrote a memo to the board critical of his alleged financial misconduct, according to the suit:

"Matthew Crouch continued tapping the gun he was holding to ensure that Ms. Koper recognized the lethal threat being made."

The attorneys told Koper that she was allegedly just as guilty as the company's board of directors when it came to illegally taking in the money in question, and that she  and her husband would be sent to prison for decades if she reported the matter, according to the suit.

Koper alleges that when she asked the attorneys what she should do about Crouch's alleged threats, they told her to "move on" with her life as quickly and as "painlessly"
as possible. According to the suit, they also told her the board of directors was furious over her bringing it up and objecting to the financial moves, and that Trinity wouldn't stop until she and her husband were "punished".

The attorneys promised to help Koper in any way they could and told her to "do whatever" she was told by John Casoria -- who is identified in the suit as a senior Trinity executive and in-house lawyer -- or else she would go to jail, according to the suit.

Koper alleges in the suit that the attorneys told her she should "seek spiritual and financial contrition" from Trinity's directors, and advised her that the best thing to do would be to reduce herself to a state of "abject poverty" by returning all income and property acquired while working at the company, and then plead for the "Christian sympathy" of its directors.

Casoria allegedly told the Kopers that Trinity would have them arrested unless they immediately returned their earned income and property. The Kopers within six weeks turned over their property to Trinity, including the title to their house, their car, jewelry, life insurance and furniture, according to the suit. Casoria has not responded to a request for comment.

Koper then took a lower paying job in New York and moved there with her husband in October, according to the suit. That was the same month Davert & Loe filed a lawsuit against Michael Koper, alleging that he forged documents to misappropriate roughly $400,000. 

The suit was filed on Oct. 18 by Redemption Strategies Inc. According to the secretary of state's office, Loe formed Redemption Strategies on Oct. 17

The suit was dismissed in January.


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Charlo Crossley
Charlo Crossley

Ok people. Let us not forget that there is a PRICE for spreading the gospel. TBN has done and is doing that!  However that does NOT exempt anyone from the temptation of worldly lusts. It takes MONEY to run a television network. This is not done on spec people! It takes MONEY to advance the Kingdom.  No one took a vow of poverty. A WORKMAN is WORTHY of his/her HIRE!  Now, having said that...the allegations that Koper has made has a validity we may not know about. However, I applaud her for walking away and starting her life over.  She loves her family and there is forgiveness that is in order no matter WHAT was done, or allegedly DONE! In the final analysis, GOD is the Judge...and He is the vindicator!  I have been blessed by the programs on Trinity and I have given into the work of spreading the GOSPEL.  Whoever said it was gonna be EASY folk?  In the world we will have tribulation, (Jesus Christ said this)...but be of Good Cheer...He has overcome The WORLD!! We have to keep these folk lifted up in prayer. GOD KNOWS...because He sits up high and looks down low. His MERCY and HIS love endure. Let's hold on to that!

Pax!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke

Any entity like TBN, which is totally uncorrectable, cannot last forever.

Their hubris will be the end of them. 

They have been totally uncorrectable since their beginning in 1973.

Common sense, and perhaps even God's judgments, will catch up to their love of being the biggest entity on earth that heretofore has escaped all correction.

Billion dollar car companies correct themselves, national league sports teams correct themselves, even presidents and prime ministers of countries correct themselves, generals in war correct themselves, but TBN has taught the world how long a financially corrupt institution can be corrupt and never in any meaningful way correct themselves.

In case anybody might be interested, see www.inthatdayteachings.com for solutions.

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Well I personally think Koper is not suing TBN. However, these allegations are part of a lawsuit against her former attorneys from the Long Beach law office of Davert & Loe - Douglass S. Davert, David C. Loe and Benjamin N. Flint III. She is accusing these lawyers, who also do some work for TBN, of breach of duties, inflicting emotional distress and professional carelessness. However, after her appointment, Ms. Koper was specifically instructed to falsify public financial disclosures, and to falsify government records, and to otherwise cover up conduct of the TBN Companies and their directors that Ms. Koper reasonably believed to be unlawful. Will see what will happen next…

Tyseyes
Tyseyes

I think that maybe Paul Crouch Jr. jumped ship just in time.  I don't believe all these accusations at face value. It's hard for me to believe that Matt Crouch would be stupid enough to brandish a gun to intimidate a whistle blower.  I don't doubt that TBN does have some butt kicking lawyers on retainer.  Just what we all need, another mind blowing scandal. 

Amen Sister Rose Preacher
Amen Sister Rose Preacher

The love of money is the root of all evil, I've been warning christians to no avail, finally things are crawling out of the wood-work--

Mathildamiller
Mathildamiller

I often wondered what John 17 is all about. Indirectly, He must have considered what is happening today with 38,000 denominations. Why can't we have one headquarter so we can all scream if the head will get out of his quarter at the middle of the night using his own jet and goes to the Bahamas for a vacation or go shopping for properties around the world. Of course, I do not want to be that head. I still want my freedom to go to the gym anytime, go to McDonald and enjoy a cup of coffee or just take a walk in the park with other people, go to the beach and enjoy the summer sun.

JusazIam
JusazIam

Will the real Jesus please stand up?....and He will.

Mara Felsen
Mara Felsen

I'm having a hard time imagining worse (alleged) conduct by an attorney and a board of directors. 

goldenstate
goldenstate

Why anyone sends in their money to a pink haired lady crying and begging for money I'll never understand.  Very sad when people are deceived by greedy people in the name of Jesus.  Jesus is not broke and does not call on church leaders to be leading such lavish lifestyles   There are many reputable Christian ministries but I have always been very uncomfortable with the Crouch's on TBN.   

a1beachguy
a1beachguy

Trinity is a spooky, creepy organization. That Benny Hin dude is a weirdo. No true follower of Christ needs multiple jets, ornate mansions and more bodyguards than Obama. Donate at your peril.

WTF
WTF

Something about this story seems strange.... from what I remember, Brittany graduated from St. John's University....has she now joined the ranks of the Catholic hierarchy???? Sure hope the lawsuit does not involve suing her own grandparents or family and most importantly, this whole MESS does not reveal another "created lawsit" by potential Western State Law graduates.  Personal opinion only.....  

Charlo Crossley
Charlo Crossley

 Good points. However, GOD our Father is the Corrector. There are checks and balances in the Kingdom that never fail. In God's economy there is no lack. In our world and in this case, whatever that is hidden WILL be revealed in due season. I think that the money issue is not the focus. Money is made and money is spent. People give and keep on giving because they believe in the ministry. It is not perfect to be sure. However, when the time comes, the covers will be taken off and recompense will take place.   It is not in our hands, because GOD is in control of all of this NO MATTER what we may think about it. Happy that Paul Jr. is at the Word Network.  They need a lot of help to compete in the marketplace and no doubt will be a major force in Christian Television.

Mart
Mart

He didn't "brandish" a gun, he TAPPED ON IT.  I wouldn't put ANYTHING past this greedy bunch.  Didn't you read that 50 MILLION DOLLARS WERE ILLEGALLY DIVERTED TO CROUCH AND COMPANY???

Even though she's not suing TBN, the lawsuit apparently has legs, and is likely to have consequences for TBN and its "board of directors" in the near future.

Charlo Crossley
Charlo Crossley

 While I agree with you, I do know that these folk have had a thorny path to walk in order to get this work going. Many trials and a lot of prayer. Many have come against them...no one else was called to do what they have done, and because of their trailblazing Christian television, so many other networks exist in the marketplace!  The average non believer doesn't have any idea of what a toll this has taken on the lives of Paul and Jan! We couldn't walk a mile in their shoes...trust me, if GOD wasn't with them.  They are not perfect people...but they have stayed together...they have done what was asked of them by GOD... it hasn't been easy. But, they have made a choice to live a certain way, and I ain't mad at them. I pray for them because I have been blessed by the work they are doing.  When I didn't have a home church, TBN was my church fellowship until the Lord led me to where we worship now. That is true for many many folk over the years. They may have their critics, but they are still operating around the world! Until Jesus Comes...and He is coming soon...so, GET READY!!

Magnificent2011
Magnificent2011

You obviously DON'T GET what the "Christian superstar" lifestyle is all about.

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