Eddie Long Sued By New Birth Congregants Over Ponzi Scheme

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Eddie Long, the embattled leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga, is being sued by a dozen former members of his church. They claim an assistant of Long’s had been warned that an individual brought to New Birth soliciting investments was running his business with a $3 million deficit.

The suit states that if Long had not described Ephren W. Taylor as his “friend,” they would have never invested — and then lost — nearly $1 million.

“We remain hopeful that Ephren Taylor and companies related to him restore the funds that were taken from congregants at New Birth and churches around the county,” New Birth said in a statement. “We continue to cooperate as the case proceeds.”

For more on the story, read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s report.