Megachurch pastor Wiley Jackson, brother indicted for alleged business scheme

Megachurch pastor, brother indicted for alleged business scheme

One of Atlanta's most well-known pastors is accused of cheating his flock.  A DeKalb County grand jury indicted Gospel Tabernacle Church Bishop Wiley Jackson and his brother Rodney on eight counts of violating the Georgia Securities Act on Thursday.

"These people are essentially charged with selling securities without a license. In  Georgia, this is regulated activity," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said.

James said that the Jackson brothers recruited investors to their company, Genesis LLC -- a business that the district attorney says doesn't exist.

"The Secretary of State has confirmed that, at least licensed in Georgia as an LLC, there is no Genesis LLC," James said.

According to his website, Jackson's Gospel Tabernacle Church has three metro area locations. The district attorney says the victims who lost thousands of dollars were parishioners at Jackson's church.

"They invested with them and they lost their money," James said.

One of the three victims named in the indictment lost as much as $10,000.

Jackson released a statement stating, "I am surprised to learn of this indictment. I am out of town and cannot respond until I have read the indictment.  There has been no wrongdoing."

But James says the case is clear.

"They operated outside of the law," he said.

James says the investments were ministry and church related.

The maximum penalty Bishop Jackson could be facing is 10 years jail time for each of the eight criminal counts.

By Lena Sullivan / AP 12/20/2012 21:36:00

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DIna White 05/22/2013 02:25:42
I find this very disturbing to continuing among men mostly in the gospel. What has happen like the bible says they are like greedy dog they are never satisfied with what they have. And the sad part about it they think God is sleep and will allow them to rape his sheep and steal from his holy offering. Have they lost there mind greed is a killer. I no he was all about money any way that's all he talks about. And if that is all he talks about that what he is heart, and I had high expectation for Rodney and to know he was a part of this make me sick. Well Pastor Baker you also have pick up your spiritual father spirit, why you ate from him for years and all you talk about is money, I pray you get back to ministry like you started off. Because if you stay focus on money like your spiritual father did, this to will surely happen to you. I pray that you men of God get back to your Heavenly Father business and he will take care of you and stop being Greedy dogs
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