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FBI to Investigate PTL Headquarters Bugging

May 12, 1987|Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The FBI will investigate the bugging of PTL's headquarters, an agent said Monday.

The FBI wants to know if anything illegal was done by whoever bugged the ministry's executive offices in Fort Mill, S.C., said Agent Charlie Sheppard, who called the investigation routine.

The offices had been bugged since they were built in the 1970s, said Harry Hargrave, PTL's chief operating officer. Hargrave was appointed to the post after PTL founder Jim Bakker turned the ministry over to the Rev. Jerry Falwell following disclosures that Bakker had had a sexual liaison with a church secretary.

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