Channel 2 Action News has uncovered new allegations against megachurch pastor Eddie Long.
Court records show Long was warned about self-described “social capitalist” Ephren Taylor more than a week before Long’s parishioners were scammed out of more than a million dollars.
“I thought we were
betrayed. It really hurts even more now,” said Lillian Wells, who invested $122,000 with Taylor.
She said Taylor issued a promissory note saying he was investing her money in real estate, and guaranteed a 20 percent return.
“That was my everything, and that’s it, it’s gone,” Wells told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer, adding she always thought it was suspicious that Long didn’t lose any money with Taylor.
Long never invested despite urging his congregation to do so.
“Put your hands together and receive my friend, my brother, the great Ephren Taylor,” Long preached to his congregants at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in October 2009. He then embraced Taylor, who took the stage and pitched his investments.
Wells is one of a dozen church members now suing Taylor and his companies, Bishop Long, and the church, in hopes of recovering that money.
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