Ephren Taylor Accused of $11 Million Christian Ponzi Scheme by SEC


Lakewood Church told ABC News they opened their doors to Taylor to speak on the subject of "Biblical financial principals," but "when he began to promote his services as a financial advisor," he "was stopped from doing so."

The Dorios said while they don't really want to blame church leadership and said they did warn them about Taylor after the alleged fraud was discovered. Anite said the the response she received from the church was "'oh Anita, how could you?' Like I should have known better."

At New Birth Baptist Church in Atlanta, Lillian Wells said she didn't get much further when she spoke to her pastor, Bishop Eddie Long.

"He came in and said, 'the church ain't got no money,'" she said.

Now, she and several other New Birth members are suing the church and Long. The pastor claimed he and the church did nothing wrong. In a YouTube video, Long appealed directly to Taylor, asking him to return the money. "Please, do what's right," he said.

Gary and Anita Dorio are also suing Taylor, as part of a class action lawsuit that was filed last October in the Federal District Court in Raleigh, N.C. But they said they have forgiven Taylor and place their hopes for justice in God's hands.

"It's not the easiest thing to do, but we live by what the word of god says," said Gary Dorio. "And we have to forgive Ephren. We have come to a place where we've forgiven him. We pray for him, his family."

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