Melanie Nathan Feb 05, 2011
Bishop Eddie Long, founder and operator of his New Birth Church, finds himself in yet another big scandal. This one could be the one that has him deep water like glacier to Titanic; video gaming machines and kickbacks to Bishop Long.
Fox 5 Atlanta has exposed Bishop Long’s promotional quest involving one Ephren Taylor who Long introduced to the members of his church as “his friend and brother,” assisting Taylor to make a financial presentation about investing in his video game machines.
Parishioners invested in excess of a million dollars, at their bishop’s recommendation, and found that Ephren Taylor’s company that sold them the sweepstakes game machines has now been indicted for operating a gambling enterprise.
Bishop Long, seeking restitution for his flock, made a video, imploring Taylor to return the funds.
“A lot of individuals, as well as a lot of companies, had a lot of money tied up in what I believe to be illegal gambling in the state of Virginia,” said Virginia Beach prosecutor Harvey Bryant.
The bishop claims he has made appeals to Ephren Taylor to return all the investors money. And then he added, “I want you to know New Birth, received, nor myself, any financial blessing or gift from Ephren Taylor.” Taylor claims that is simply not true. He wrote New Birth Missionary Church received a cut of all sales of his books and CD’s sold at the church. Long responded by saying that all money received was to defray expenses.
One can only wonder how much it costs to share a pulpit with another scammer.
Bishop Long is no stranger to scandal as we know the last big one involved his sexual conduct with three young men from the Church.