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How a Sexual Assault Scandal Led to the Uncovering of a $158 Million Crime in a Televangelist Empire

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After Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Left PTL Club

Despite the millions that the Bakkers stole from the church, it was the sex scandal that led to their ministry’s undoing.

Following Jim’s departure from PTL club, rival preacher, Jimmy Swaggart tried to take control of the TV empire. However, Swaggart was later exposed for his own sex scandal.

Ultimately, Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority founder, took over the ministry. He stepped in only to discover that PTL had debt amounting in the millions and that money raised for hotel timeshares had been rerouted to other places.

Jim and Tammy Faye divorced in 1992. She went on to marry their close friend Roe Messner, who was the one to come up with the hush money to pay off Hahn. Messner was later jailed for bankruptcy fraud while Tammy Faye went on to reinvent herself as a reality TV star and self-help author. She passed away at the age

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