Granddaughter of TBN Founder Claims She was Threatened with a Gun to Keep Silent about Finances
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Feb 06
The granddaughter of the late Trinity Broadcasting Network founder is suing her uncle, the now vice president of programming at the network, after she says he threatened her with a gun.
Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of founder Paul Crouch, was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of TBN in 2011. She became the corporate treasurer soon after, Christian News Network reports.
“Koper learned through specific instructions from Defendant Trinity Broadcasting, Defendant Jan Crouch, Defendant Matthew Crouch, and Defendant John Casoria that the requirements of Plaintiff Brittany Koper’s new job included active participation in numerous illegal schemes that were disclosed to Plaintiff Brittany Koper following her promotion,” her husband Michael wrote in a new lawsuit filed on Jan. 29.
Just two months after she was promoted, Koper, her husband and father were fired from the network.
Koper also claims that during a meeting about the issue, her uncle, Matthew Crouch, threatened her with a gun.
Koper first filed a legal complaint in 2012, saying that TBN officials were using donations for personal expenses and her job was to “find ways to label extravagant personal spending as ministry expenses.” This new lawsuit claims that her confidential communications with officials had been disclosed without her consent.
TBN attorneys have claimed that Koper stole $1.3 million from the network, but returned $500,000. She has since admitted that she took loans from TBN with permission.
Publication date: February 6, 2015