Man at Center of GA Megachurch Probe Speaks Out

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ATLANTA, GA 10/24/2011 -- A group of church members is suing New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and its pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, saying they conspired with businessman Ephren Taylor Jr. to defraud them through "wealth-building" seminars and sermons.

Taylor says in a statement to The Associated Press that a complex economic situation "impacted businesses, individuals and families despite our best intentions."

Attorneys for the church members say Taylor urged them to liquidate their retirement accounts, and as a result some lost their life savings.

Federal officials say they're investigating issues surrounding the seminars, which were hosted at the Lithonia-based church.

New Birth spokesman Art Franklin has previously declined to comment on the allegations.

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