Who Is Ernest Angley?
We’ve written before about the Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls, but it appears that this time there is some devastating news. Not only has the church defaulted in it’s broadcasting debt but they are now also being sued for allegedly stalking an elderly woman and coercing her into penning a check to the church for a whopping $340,000.
The debt that defaulted was from Angley’s broadcasting arm, Winston Broadcasting Network. The lawsuit that was filed by Beck Energy Corporation Inc alleges that Winston Broadcasting was loaned the money in 2013 and was used to pay the church’s mortgage. On top of that, Beck Energy was given a signed agreement stating that Angley, himself, would pay off the debt in the event that it is not paid by Winston Broadcasting.
This turn of events begs a few questions:
- If Angley agreed to pay off the debt personally, does that mean he has a net-worth privately that is worth at least the sum of the loan?
- If he has the money why is he not paying the debt down?
- If he did not have the money does that mean he flat-out lied?
- If the church and it’s subsidiaries is in so much debt, do they own and operate a private jet and have services in a building that rarely sees half of the seats filled?
It seems as though we will have to wait to find out. The suit is still in process. However, if Beck Energy gets everything out of the law suit that they are asking, the church and it’s various branches will be forced to shut down completely.
In addition to the debt default, the church is embroiled with another law suit alleging that the church stalked an elderly woman and coerced her into giving the church some $340,000.
74 year old, Bridget Pollard, was a lone widow with dementia and was allegedly coerced into giving power of attorney to what appears to be a friend in the church, Corliss Whitney, who was also a singer in Grace Cathedral. It is not known yet if Whitney is responsible for the coercion.
Time will tell what becomes of this law suit but it’s not looking pretty for the church.
A history of fraud
As someone who lives in Akron I have encountered a number of ex-church members who claim that these types of coerced donations are routine. In one case a woman was allegedly coerced into signing over her house to the church.
All of this makes complete sense considering they are swimming in debt but still manage to own and maintenance a private jet. As their wallet gets smaller and smaller the church is going to find ways to cover it’s bills, even if it’s illegal.
In another law suit (already settled) the church was cause not paying the workers of it’s buffet. This is just another red flag concerning the church’s finances. This is an additional debt that will be need to be paid, to the tune of $388,000.