Top bosses of Trinity Broadcasting, the world’s biggest Christian network, threatened their CFO with a gun after she objected to their “unlawful distributions” of $100 million to themselves and other directors, the fired executive says in court.
Michael and Brittany Koper, husband and wife, sued Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, International Christian Broadcasting, Matthew W. Crouch, Janice W. Crouch, and John B. Casoria, on Jan. 29 in Federal Court.
Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana also does business as Trinity Broadcasting Network, according to the lawsuit, which does not name TBN specifically as a defendant.
International Christian Broadcasting also does business as Heroes Under God Christian Broadcasting, the Kopers say.
Trinity Broadcasting Network was founded by Paul Crouch Sr. and his wife, Janice Crouch. Paul Crouch died in 2013.
Defendant Janice Crouch is a senior vice president of TBN.
Her son, defendant Matthew Crouch, is vice president of TBN.
Brittany Koper is the granddaughter of Paul Crouch Sr., and the daughter of Paul Crouch Jr., who is no longer affiliated with TBN. She was TBN’s CFO, treasurer and head of human resources until she was fired on Sept. 30, 2011.
Her husband, Michael Koper, was TBN’s corporate secretary and a vice president, and a director of Christian Broadcasting, until he was fired on the same day as his wife.
Defendant John Casoria is TBN’s general counsel. He is also Janice Crouch’s nephew and therefore Brittany Koper’s first cousin once removed.
According to the lawsuit, Casoria is also the director and senior manager of Redemption Strategies, a company that “was formed for the sole purpose of maliciously prosecuting, harassing, and intimidating plaintiff Michael Koper and plaintiff Brittany Koper (as well as members of plaintiff Michael Koper’s family) in retaliation after the Kopers reported illegal conduct within defendant Trinity Broadcasting, including unlawful distributions to defendant Trinity Broadcasting’s members and directors on the order of $100 million.” (Parentheses in complaint.)
The extended Crouch family has been involved in litigation against one another for years.
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SOURCE: Courthouse News