‘Friends of Zion’ Founder Mike Evans Sues Jentezen Franklin for Allegedly Withholding $3.3M in Holocaust Survivor Funds

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Mike Evans, founder of Friends of Zion in Jerusalem, has filed a lawsuit against Pastor Jentezen Franklin and Free Chapel Worship Center, a multisite megachurch based in Gainesville, Georgia. Evans says Franklin and Free Chapel have withheld more than $3.3 million in money raised to support charitable projects for Holocaust survivors; Franklin has denied these claims. Franklin and Evans both serve as faith advisers to President Donald Trump.

According to copies of the lawsuit published by the Washington Post, Mike Evans and Churches United with Israel Inc. filed the lawsuit through the U.S. District Court for the northern district of Georgia, Gainesville division, against Jentezen Franklin and Free Chapel Worship Center. The lawsuit accuses Franklin and Free Chapel of civil conspiracy, breach of contract, violation of Georgia law, misappropriation of name and likeness, unjust enrichment, constructive trust/accounting, negligent misrepresentation and two counts of fraud.

The lawsuit says that on Dec. 13, 2017, Franklin and Free Chapel agreed to collaborate with Churches United to raise funds for charitable projects in Israel, including construction of a community center for Holocaust survivors and a Holocaust survivors’ food kitchen (and corresponding meals program). The lawsuit alleges that Franklin proposed to Evans that he would “solicit donations for the projects and promised that 100% of the funds [he] collected would be remitted to Churches United.” In exchange, Evans said he would, among other things, “introduce Franklin to dignitaries and persons of influence in Israel and vouch for Franklin’s credibility and integrity” and “provide Franklin with contact information for donors who contribute to Churches United.”

Over $4.5 million was raised for these projects as of Aug. 26, 2019. However, Evans says Franklin and Free Chapel have only delivered $1.2 million of the money to Churches United. Churches United reportedly submitted a letter to Free Chapel in May to demand the remaining $3.3 million. The lawsuit claims Free Chapel and Franklin “rejected Churches United’s attempts to informally resolve the disputes between the parties,” prompting the lawsuit.

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SOURCE: Charisma News