Trump Pastor Sues Trump Pastor Over Millions In Funds
Two Trump pastors are caught in a multimillion dollar legal battle over a Holocaust survivor fund, according to a Charisma News report.
- Mike Evans of the Friends of Zion in Jerusalem is suing Pastor Jentzen Franklin of Free Chapel Worship Center in Gainesville, Georgia, for $3.3 million in withheld funds. A Free Chapel spokesperson refuted the validity of the claim.
- Both pastors reportedly serve as faith advisors to President Trump.
The lawsuit accuses Franklin and Free Chapel of civil conspiracy, breach of contract, violation of Georgia law, misappropriation of name and likeness, unjust enrichment, constructive trust/accounting, negligent misrepresentation and two counts of fraud.
- A copy of the lawsuit alleges Franklin and Free Chapel agreed to collaborate on the construction of a community center and food kitchen for Holocaust survivors. Franklin would solicit donations and 100 percent of the proceeds would go toward the project. In exchange, Evans would "introduce Franklin to dignitaries and persons of influence in Israel and vouch for Franklin's credibility and integrity" and "provide Franklin with contact information for donors who contribute to Churches United."
- After $4.5 million was raised, Evans alleges that Franklin and Free Chapel only returned $1.2 million. The lawsuit comes after the two were unable to informally resolve the situation.
- Free Chapel maintains that Evans’ claims are false. However, he claims he “has and will suffer substantial loss” as a result of the botched negotiations.
- Franklin’s legal team is claiming the negotiations were in terms of a gift, not a negotiated deal.