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NATION IN BRIEF : NORTH CAROLINA : 2 Ministers Indicted in PTL Perjury Case

December 06, 1989|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal grand jury in Charlotte, N. C., returned indictments against two more former associates of the defunct PTL television ministry. Sam Johnson, who was minister at PTL's Heritage Village Church, was charged with 12 counts of perjury for his testimony to a special grand jury about a cash payment to former church secretary Jessica Hahn. Hahn was paid the $10,000 in 1984, and later accepted $265,000 from the ministry in exchange for keeping quiet about her motel tryst with PTL founder Jim Bakker in 1980. Evangelist John Wesley Fletcher also was charged with perjury for his accounting under oath of how he introduced Bakker and Hahn.

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