Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before: Bishop Eddie Long Gets Sued Again (Update: The Feds Launched Investigation)

Bishop Eddie Long, the How You Doin pastor who coerced at least five young boys into sexual relations (and paid them at least $1.5 million to drop their cases), is getting sued. Again. In addition to those suits, a woman sued him for $78 million in 2010 for unlawful incarceration and another for sexual harassment. Now, 10 current and former members at his megachurch in Atlanta have filed a lawsuit accusing Bishop Eddie Long of encouraging them to invest with Ephren Taylor, a crook running a Ponzi scheme. The plaintiffs claim they've lost more than $1 million in the shady dealings -- some where hoodwinked into buying sweepstakes vending terminals while others invested in self-directed retirement accounts. The plaintiffs claim Bishop Long received a cut of each investment. Suffice it to say, none of of the plaintiffs saw a return on their investment or received the vending terminals, so they're suing Bishop Long, Ephren (who was arrested in Virginia Beach last year for running an illegal gambling operation) and his shady companies for an unspecified amount in damages. The plaintiffs claim Bishop Long profited

Update: Lillian Wells -- a current member of Bishop Long's church -- who sings in the choir and even volunteers says she lost more than a $120,000, her entire life savings.

UPDATE 2, Oct. 21: The Secret Service, IRS are now involved and agents have seized laptops from employees at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. This is not good news for Bishop Long or his church.

source: WAGA
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