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March 14, 1992 | From Associated Press
Tammy Faye Bakker was granted a divorce Friday from her husband, former television evangelist Jim Bakker, who is serving an 18-year prison sentence for fraud and conspiracy in his PTL ministry. Circuit Court Judge Hal S. McClamma also awarded Mrs. Bakker, 48, custody of the couple's 16-year-old son, James Clarke Bakker. The Bakkers were married on April 1, 1961, in Minnesota. Mrs. Bakker now lives in Orlando, Fla.
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July 1, 1994 | From Reuters
Former television evangelist Jim Bakker will leave a federal prison today and move into a halfway house, the Charlotte Observer newspaper reported Thursday. Bakker, who was convicted in 1989 of stealing millions of dollars from his followers, had not been expected to leave federal prison until September. He has served about 4 1/2 years of an eight-year sentence that was reduced from an original sentence of 18 years.
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NEWS
March 25, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart acknowledged Tuesday that he warned the Assemblies of God denomination last summer about fellow preacher Jim Bakker's adulterous sexual encounter and urged the church to distance itself from Bakker's PTL ministries. Swaggart said he took the action to try to prevent the church from being "dragged through the mud" in the scandal.
NEWS
December 23, 1992 | Associated Press
A federal judge Tuesday reduced the sentence of former televangelist Jim Bakker to eight years. His attorneys said Bakker might be eligible for parole in one year. The reduction was the second for Bakker, who originally was sentenced to 45 years in prison. He was convicted in 1989 on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he bilked donors out of more than $150 million by promising them free lodging at his Heritage USA theme park.
NEWS
September 13, 1989
Jurors in Charlotte, N.C., watched videos showing the opulent life style of PTL founder Jim Bakker, including a 4,000-square-foot suite in a hotel at the PTL ministry's Heritage USA theme park and retreat at Ft. Mill, S.C. The video tour was conducted by James Taggart, Bakker's former interior decorator, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined $500,000 last week for tax evasion while at PTL.
NEWS
May 22, 1987 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
A Costa Mesa car dealer announced Thursday that he will auction a rare 1939 Rolls-Royce limousine that he said PTL founder Jim Bakker bought from him three years ago for his South Carolina theme park. On the same day in June, 1984, Bakker bought a burgundy and tan 1953 Silver Dawn Rolls-Royce for $55,000 "for his own personal use" with "what I perceive to be church funds," said Gary Concannon, president of Concannon's Horseless Stables.
NEWS
April 28, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The Internal Revenue Service wants to revoke the PTL's tax-exempt status for three years because a "substantial portion" of its earnings benefited Jim Bakker, his relatives and other PTL officers, the Charlotte Observer reported. The IRS said in a confidential 1985 report that Bakker was paid nearly $1 million more than the agency deemed reasonable from 1981 to 1983, the Observer reported in its editions today.
NEWS
May 7, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Former television evangelist Jim Bakker was permanently defrocked Wednesday as an Assemblies of God minister for adultery and alleged bisexual activity. The 13-member Executive Presbytery of the Pentecostal denomination announced the dismissal of Bakker, founder of the PTL empire in South Carolina, and the Rev. Richard W. Dortch, Bakker's right-hand man, for "conduct unbecoming a minister." The Rev. G.
NEWS
May 24, 1987 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Jerry Crawford, a building contractor from Salinas, Calif., had not planned to bid at all, but when the auctioneer put up Tammy Faye Bakker's air-conditioned doghouse, inspiration struck. "PTL saved my marriage" through one of its counseling seminars, he said later, explaining why, when the bidding hit $300, he jumped in with bids of $1,000, then $1,500, then $3,000.
NEWS
July 29, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Pulling out of the driveway of their sprawling hacienda here in a white Cadillac convertible, followed by a yellow moving van, fallen televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker left California Tuesday for their new home in Tennessee. "Bye bye! We love you!" Tammy Faye Bakker shouted to reporters and onlookers from the back seat as the car drove away. A silent Jim Bakker simply waved.
NEWS
March 14, 1992 | From Associated Press
Tammy Faye Bakker was granted a divorce Friday from her husband, former television evangelist Jim Bakker, who is serving an 18-year prison sentence for fraud and conspiracy in his PTL ministry. Circuit Court Judge Hal S. McClamma also awarded Mrs. Bakker, 48, custody of the couple's 16-year-old son, James Clarke Bakker. The Bakkers were married on April 1, 1961, in Minnesota. Mrs. Bakker now lives in Orlando, Fla.
NEWS
August 24, 1991 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday resentenced Jim Bakker to 18 years in prison, a 27-year reduction of the initial sentence, after the former television evangelist expressed remorse for bilking his followers. "I ask all that I have hurt to please forgive me," Bakker told U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen. "I have asked heavenly God to please forgive me, and now I ask this court for human forgiveness.
NEWS
August 23, 1991 | From Associated Press
Former PTL leader Jim Bakker is prepared to accept responsibility for actions that led to his being convicted of fleecing his followers to support a lavish lifestyle, a defense attorney said Thursday. Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye, blew kisses to supporters prior to a resentencing hearing in which he is trying to convince a federal judge that his initial 45-year sentence for fraud and conspiracy is too harsh. The sentence was thrown out on appeal, and U.S.
NEWS
February 14, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lawyers for Jim Bakker filed a motion urging that the PTL founder be freed from prison until he receives a new sentence in place of the 45-year term thrown out by a federal appeals court. The request was made a day after the sentence was overturned, although the court upheld Bakker's 1989 conviction in Charlotte, N.C., for conspiring to defraud followers who bought partnerships in PTL's Heritage USA in nearby Ft. Mill, S.C. Also, U.S.
NEWS
February 13, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned TV evangelist Jim Bakker's 45-year prison sentence because it said the judge at his trial had displayed a personal religious bias against the defrocked founder of the PTL ministry. But the court upheld Bakker's 24-count conviction for conspiring to defraud his followers. Under federal sentencing guidelines now in effect, Bakker would have received a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for his crimes. But on Oct. 24, 1989, U.S.
NEWS
December 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
A jury on Friday decided that PTL founder Jim Bakker should pay $129 million to his former contributors, but attorneys said it is unlikely that the jailed televangelist's followers will collect the money. "The only thing my client owns is a 45-year lease on a 5-by-7 room in a Minnesota prison," said Gene Carr, one of Bakker's attorneys. Bakker received a 45-year sentence for fraud and conspiracy after a criminal trial last year.
NEWS
May 1, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Tammy Bakker was having dinner with friends at a local restaurant a few days ago when she overheard a particularly disturbing conversation in the next booth. "Jim Bakker is a hypocrite," a man said. According to sources who asked not to be named, the wife of embattled television minister Jim Bakker turned around and grabbed the man by the arm. "My husband is not a hypocrite," she said, staring into the man's eyes. "I'm sorry," the man said. "I only know what I read in the newspapers."
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Jessica Hahn will tell the story of her sexual encounter with Jim Bakker, an incident that precipitated the PTL ministry scandal, to Playboy magazine, her attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Dominic Barbara said the full story of the encounter and PTL's efforts to keep it quiet have not been told. Publication is planned for November. The amount of the payment to Hahn was not disclosed.
NEWS
June 1, 1990
A bankruptcy judge Thursday approved the sale of the PTL cable television network to San Diego evangelist Morris Cerullo for $7 million. Cerullo, a 58-year-old faith healer whose Worldwide Evangelism ministry outbid fellow evangelist Oral Roberts' $6.3-million offer for the network and production facility, also signed a contract to buy the other portion of Jim Bakker's scandal-plagued and bankrupt empire, the 2,200-acre Heritage USA religious theme park, for $45 million. PTL trustee Dennis W.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Sunday--the first blockbuster night of the May ratings sweeps--brings the good, the bad and the box office. Coming under the "good" category is the CBS movie "Caroline?" The "bad and blockbuster" covers NBC's movie about Jim and Tammy Bakker and ABC's movie about the Beach Boys. They air opposite one another at 9 p.m. NBC's "Fall From Grace" is a lot like Tammy Faye Bakker's songs. After the first verse, everything sounds the same. Jim works. Tammy sings. Jim spends. Tammy works. Jim works.
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