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What Benny isn't telling everyone - just yet since he's in so much trouble himself....High-living North Carolina â€˜prosperity gospelâ€™ pastor indicted for bilking church in massive tax fraud scam
Former Charlotte preacher who wrote the book â€œPlease Donâ€™t Repo My Carâ€ was indicted on tax charges Thursday.
William Todd Coontz enjoyed a life of luxury, federal prosecutors contend, by claiming as business expenses the $1.5 million condo he and his family lived in as their parsonage and the luxury vehicles they drove, including three BMWs, two Ferraris, a Maserati and a Land Rover.
He also claimed a Regal 2500 boat, 400 charges at movie theaters, $228,000 in clothing purchases and $140,000 in meals and other entertainment as business expenses with no proof the expenses were for business, according to a federal criminal bill of indictment returned by a grand jury in Charlotte on Thursday.
He spent $21,000 at designer jewelry store David Yurman and $14,000 at Diamonds Direct jewelry store, the indictment said.
The indictment charges the 50-year-old Coontz with three counts of failure to pay taxes and four counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns. Coontz, who now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been ordered to appear on a summons in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.
â€œThis is a classic example of â€˜Do as I say, not as I do,â€™ â€ U.S. Attorney Jill Rose said in announcing the charges. â€œAs a minister, Coontz preached about receiving and managing wealth, yet he failed to keep his own finances in order. Coontz will now receive a first-hand lesson in â€˜rendering unto Caesarâ€™ that which is due.â€
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The guy is a con artist who makes use of language and imagery to take advantage of people who suffer from mental illness.
I do not see why these money-making churches should be tax-exempt. Nearly all of them are just swindlers who live off misery of poor people. I have seen processions of Mercedes driving to church in a poor black neighborhood, and a well-fed pastor with his entourage getting out of the cars. A tele-preacher from Houston lives in the most expensive neighborhood in one of the most expensive houses. Not that there is anything wrong in principle with it, but it seems a little bit hypocritical to preach Bible and to live in extreme opulence while taking money from people who are genuinely poor.
This guys a fraud. Same with Joel Osteen, TD Jakes and that red headed chick.