North Carolina Televangelist Indicted On Charges Of Tax Crimes!!


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A North Carolina televangelist Todd Coontz – author of numerous books on faith and finances – has been indicted on charges of tax fraud spanning more than a decade. "As a minister, Coontz preached about receiving and managing wealth, yet he failed to keep his own finances in order," Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said as she announced the charges."

Coontz will now receive a first-hand lesson in 'rendering unto Caesar' that which is due." The charges include three counts of failure to pay tax, each carrying a maximum federal prison term of one year, and four counts of aiding and assisting in filing false tax returns, each carrying a maximum term of three years. Coontz, 50, is described on his website as a "pastor, evangelist, television host, author, humanitarian, philanthropist, businessman."

He currently lives in Florida and the books he's written include "Breaking the Spirit Debt" and "Please Don't Repo My Car." The televangelist "promised financial miracles for people who sent money to his ministry," according to Channel 9 WSOCTV of Charlotte, N. C. The news station recounts some examples of his claims:

"'You need to plant the $273 recovery seed. I'm only going to give you two to three minutes to respond,' Coontz once told his viewers. "Coontz posted videos on Twitter as recently as Wednesday, promising financial blessings to the faithful. "'Suddenly miracles are happening. I want to work with your faith for quick things, swift things,' Coontz said in the video." Coontz's attorney Mark Foster said in a statement to WSOCTV that Coontz "unequivocally asserts his innocence of these charges."

He added: "Todd Coontz has always endeavored to follow the law and to be a good citizen, father and minister. He trusted others to manage his finances and taxes for him and was shocked to find out he was under criminal investigation by the IRS." The charges allege that Coontz filed delinquent federal income tax returns from 2000-2014, with federal tax liabilities amounting to more than $326,000.

He also allegedly purchased the following vehicles through his corporations or ministry: "a 2011 BMW, a 2011 Regal 2500 boat, a 2012 BMW convertible, a 2011 Lexus, a 2011 Land Rover, a 2006 Ferrari, a 2012 Maserati, a 2013 BMW, a 2013 Land Rover, and a 2012 Ferrari." "All payments associated with these vehicles were treated as business expenses on corporate and ministry accounting records even though COONTZ's family members drove some of the vehicles and no records were kept about the supposed business use of the vehicles," the indictment states.

It adds that his ministry purchased a $1.5 million condominium. His corporations also deducted as business expenses more than $200,000 for clothing purchases and tens of thousands of dollars for meals and entertainment. Additionally, Coontz allegedly perpetrated a check-cashing scheme by filing false tax returns from 2010-13.

Ministries would often pay Coontz for traveling to speak to them. According to the indictment, he "hid income from the IRS by claiming the travel as a business expense while simultaneously receiving travel reimbursement that he kept as personal income." That includes billing the churches for first-class airfare that he did not actually purchase, the indictment alleges. In other cases, he would allegedly cash checks he received for speeches and book sales, so that they did not appear on his accounting records. Coontz has been ordered to appear at the U.S. District Court in Charlotte. 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/23/534128363/north-carolina-televangelist-indicted-on-charges-of-tax-crimes

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  1. GOOD I AM GLAD THAT A U S ATTORNEY IS DOING THERE JOB MY SUPPORT AND PRAYERS SHE TRULY HAS.NOW I JUST WISH DOME MORE OF THEM WOULD DO THE SAME THING. FROM FLORIDA TO NEW YORK FROM ALABAMA TO CALIFORNIA. THIS NARCISSIST BEHAVIOR OF HAVING A GOD COMPLEXITY IS GETTING OUT OF HAND. SALVATION IS A LIFESTYLE NOT A CAREER HE SHOULD HAVE GOT A JOB. INSTEAD OF BEING A CON ARTIST, LYING MANIPULATOR, MONEY LAUNDERING CREEP.GOD IS TIRED OF THESE LIARS USING HIS NAME TO MANIPULATE AND CONIVE AND BEAT FOLKS OUT OF THERE MONEY. GOD IS PULLING THE COVERS OFF THESE LYING FALSE DOCTRINE MONEY LAUNDERING FALSE PROPHETS. I AM PRAYING AND FASTING THAT HE WON'T BE THE FIRST NOR THE LAST THAT THE. ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OF EVERY STATE AND OTHER LAW OFFICIALS BUT OUT OF BUSINESS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. FOLKS SOULS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THESE FOLKS WANTING TO LIVE THE LIFESTYLE OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. IT'S HOLINESS OR HELL. NO IN BETWEEN. THE PROBLEM WITH THESE FOLKS THAT SAY THEY HAVE BEEN CALLED IS THAT THEY ARE LYING AND DON'T WANT TO WORK.THEY THINK THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO EVERYTHING. THEY BECOME PASTOR'S OR EVANGELIST CAUSE THAT'S EASY MONEY FOR THEM. THEY SEE A CHURCH AS THERE PERSONAL BANK. AND BEING A TRAVELING EVANGELIST THAT'S THERE MONEY LAUNDERING AT BEST CAUSE THEY WANT ONLY CASH OR CHECKS UNDER $7000 SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO REPORT TO THE IRS. THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF SCHEMES.

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    1. Hello anonymous,
      I notice that you write in all caps a lot, just an FYI- nobody reads anything that long in all caps. Take care

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    2. Come on ANONYMOUS All CAP. You've had several people with the same critique. You make some very biblical points. But please don't be prideful to the point you become self-absorbed. I know you have your reasons for the all cap thingy. But be graceful and oblige to submit to the saints the simple request to type lower case. This really is not a eating meat offered to idols issues. You can submit in this case. I believe God honors such type Spirit. You never know the impact and the fruit you can bring just with a mind to change. God Bless. Personally, I read all your ALL CAPS and find you Christianity to be very mature and SOLID.

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  2. I just didn't read it. Too long and the caps makes it look jumbled.

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  3. "BUSINESS" must have been great Between 2011 & 2013, because brought 9 cars and a boat during that time.

    As a PASTOR (and I am being EXTREMELY generous in calling him a pastor) he is a complete joke.

    I have seen his begging act before.

    At least other crooks give some mention of Jesus, salvation and forgiveness of sins.
    Cootz just cuts out any foundation of Christ and ask for people to send him money.

    Bottom line. He is in trouble.

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