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Pat Robertson threatens legal action against documentary film that charges him with fraud

A Canadian documentary film team is being threatened with legal action from Christian televangelist Pat Robertson, all stemming from a film that charges Robertson with using a bogus charity to fund his diamond-mining business in Africa.

A Canadian documentary film team is being threatened with legal action from Christian televangelist Pat Robertson, all stemming from a film that charges Robertson with using a bogus charity to fund his diamond-mining business in Africa.

According to a report from Right Wing Watch this Friday, Robertson, along with the Christian Broadcasting Network, is threatening to sue the producers of “Mission Congo” which is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend.

The film details how Robertson reportedly used money donated to his foreign ministry program Operation Blessing International to fund his diamond mining operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo — apparently for mining equipment and other business-related uses.

Another eyebrow-raising revelation in the film was Robertson’s deception in his promotion of Operation Blessing, using images of doctors and tents that were originally from the international aid group Doctors Without Borders, claiming that the group had provided the tents and doctors. Robertson also falsely claimed that Operation Blessing was the main source of aid to the war-torn region.

Operation Blessing still pulls in millions of dollars a year — money that the film alleges Robertson is using to enrich himself and his family. According to testimony from former Operation Blessing workers featured in the film, humanitarian missions were routinely diverted hundreds of miles off-course to deliver supplies to Robertson’s diamond mining operation in the DRC province of Kamonia.

The film also features testimony from Jessie Potts, who was Robertson’s operations manager in Goma, Congo back in 1994. Potts claims that when Operation Blessing did provide medicine to refugees, it wasn’t the right kind. When medics needed drugs to fight a cholera epidemic that was breaking out among refugees streaming in from Rwanda to Zaire, they got Tylenol instead.

“I never did understand that,” Potts said. “We got enough Tylenol to supply all of Zaire. God, I never saw as much in my life.”

Apparently the medical supplies stopped coming altogether. Speaking to the filmmakers, former pilot Robert Hinkle said that he was instructed to stop transporting medical supplies and to start transporting mining supplies instead.

“They began asking me, ‘Can we haul a thousand-pound dredge over?’ I didn’t know what the dredging deal was about,” Hinkle said. “Mission after mission was always just getting eight-inch dredgers, six-inch dredgers, […] and food supplies, quads, jeeps, out to the diamond-dredging operation outside of Kamonia.”

Dredgers are used to remove diamonds from riverbeds. The flights were funded by the African Development Company, a firm owned by Robertson.

The developments surrounding Operation Blessing come in addition to the recent controversy surrounding a broadcast from CBN’s 700 Club, where Robertson claimed that gays infected with HIV wear special rings that cut people and infect them with the disease. CBN removed the video from its website and has since aggressively pushed Youtube and other media outlets to remove the video, claiming copyright infringement.

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  1. Bob Cull

    September 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Pat should be careful, he may think that he has this bit of fraud safely covered up but anyone who has amassed a fortune through decades of fraud and con games must have plenty of other crimes that could easily be uncovered if someone starts to sniff around.

  2. matt higgins

    September 7, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    This lying piece of shit should have been investigated long ago!

  3. Linda Warren

    September 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I noticed Pat was only threatening to sue. If it wasn’t true he’d have filed his lawsuit already .

  4. John

    September 7, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    This fake should be indicted for fraud! He’s like the other creeps: Swaggart, the Baakers, Oral Roberts, who swindled the faithful out of millions.

  5. Farleysis@yahoo.com

    September 8, 2013 at 1:12 am

    These Televangelists really need to be taxed, and this one thrown in jail and be made to pay back all donations that went to that “charity”.

  6. Guest

    September 8, 2013 at 2:24 am

    If this is true, Pat Robertson is a religion whore whose bogus ministries should be stripped of tax exempt status by the IRS. The IRS should also audit Robertson and his family as far back as they go, because there is no statute of limitation on TAX FRAUD. This man should share a cell with fraudster Bernard Madoff if these allegations are true, and rot in prison.

  7. Jennifer

    September 8, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Couldn’t happen to a better CINO. Creep.

  8. Carolyn T. LeBeauf

    September 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

    What else would he say? He has gotten caught robbing his followers, Lyin to his followers, now he wants to scream foul.. Please continue to expose this fraud.

  9. Jim S

    September 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    This is just the latest in an ongoing chapter of fraud by all of the televangelist charlatans. They prey on peoples’ gullibility and weak mindedness to enrich themselves while hiding behind religion and operating as tax free enterprises.
    Ronnie Raygun energized these crooks when he invited the Moral Majority to become involved in national policy. That was the beginning of the radicalization of the Republican Party with radical social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage taking over the party platform as opposed to issues that the American people truly care about.

    VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!

    Humble them to the point that they finally throw out the radicals from the tea party to the evangelicals from their ranks or they will perish as a party.

  10. Rio

    September 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    That anyone listens to this asswipe, let alone donate money is beyond me. Beware of false prophets people…

  11. Lori Ciasullo Cossette

    September 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    what an asshat this toad is – who actually listens to the liar???

  12. In the Gray

    September 10, 2013 at 3:48 am

    They would have to vote out the entire set of both parties and make it where they cannot be bought by the big corp.

    To be honest I honestly think that both pagans & Atheist have a far better chance of doing better then what we have.

    think about it, witches care about the environment & people while Atheist cares about keeping things on the level.

    what a perfect pairing. that and having witches in charge along with Atheist would reallllly piss off the Christians more than just having Atheist.

    and believe me Christians hate us more then they do gays, lol

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