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July 25, 1993
In response to "Alamo Blames Woes on Satan in Government Garb," July 13: Clever fellow this Tony Alamo. He manages to make wild accusations of how he is being persecuted and evokes sympathy from the reporter. I read this article at 5:30 a.m. and at 6 a.m. went for a walk. There were strewn about the neighborhood leaflets written by Tony Alamo decrying the "Cult Awareness Network (CAN) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)" and "FBI Psychological Units at Quantico" which, according to Alamo, led the destruction of the Branch Davidians in Waco on April 19. Alamo calls for "born again" class action lawsuits to stop the "fables created by the criminally insane Cult Awareness Network (CAN)
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March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Seven women who alleged they were sexually abused as children by former Christian ministry tycoon Tony Alamo were awarded $525 million by an Arkansas judge this week after an Alamo church failed to respond to a lawsuit. Collecting the largest judgment in Arkansas history, according to one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, will likely require some help from a Los Angeles court, though. Texas attorney David Carter said he would "soon" file paperwork asking that a court here sell at least two Santa Clarita Valley properties connected to Alamo's operation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1993
Evangelist Tony Alamo was arrested Friday by Internal Revenue Service agents on tax fraud charges after a hearing in San Fernando Superior Court on an unrelated felony child abuse case. The 58-year-old former country singer, whose real name is Bernie Lazar Hoffman, was arrested by the federal agents as his state pretrial hearing concluded, said a Los Angeles district attorney's spokeswoman. A grand jury in Memphis, Tenn.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2009 | From Times Wire Reports
State officials asked a judge to take steps to remove from the Internet a leaked video in which a teenage follower of Tony Alamo defends the jailed evangelist and says he would never commit the sex crimes of which he is accused. The girl told a child welfare official in a September interview that Alamo never touched her and she knew of no one who had been molested by him. "He would never do such a thing. That's a sin. He wouldn't be a pastor. He would be dirt," said the girl, who is among 36 children in protective state custody.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
FBI agents Wednesday launched a manhunt for Tony Alamo, leader of a religious cult who fled the Saugus area amid charges he abused the child of a follower. The search was launched after an unsuccessful attempt to capture Alamo on Tuesday, when agents staked out and raided a home here after learning that the residence had been rented by Alamo, using the assumed name of Clarence Williams. Alamo fled before agents arrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989
FBI agents Wednesday launched a manhunt for Tony Alamo, leader of a religious cult who fled the Saugus area amid charges he abused the child of a follower. The manhunt was launched after an attempt to capture Alamo on Tuesday, when agents staked out and raided a home in Las Vegas after learning the residence had been rented by Alamo, using the name of Clarence Williams. Alamo fled before agents arrived.
NEWS
July 11, 1993 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
". . . the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die." --Deuteronomy 18:20, quoted by an ex-follower of Tony Alamo Hounded by government agents, faced with financial ruin and slandered by some of the very souls he labored to save, controversial evangelist and accused tax dodger Tony Alamo says Satan has unleashed a fierce counterattack on his soul-saving enterprises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hunt for fugitive cult leader Tony Alamo has intensified because he admitted stealing his wife Susan's body from an Arkansas mausoleum and threatened to kidnap a federal judge, federal authorities said Thursday. Also on Thursday, Susan Alamo's daughter, Christhiaon Susan Coie, issued a public plea to her stepfather to return her mother's body so she can be buried in a family plot. Coie was repeating an appeal made on an Arkansas television station earlier this week.
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March 8, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hunt for fugitive cult leader Tony Alamo has intensified because he has threatened to kidnap a federal judge and has admitted stealing his wife Susan's body from an Arkansas mausoleum, federal authorities said Thursday. Susan Alamo's daughter, Christhiaon Susan Coie, on Thursday issued a public plea to her stepfather to return her mother's body. "My mother is entitled to be buried like a human being," Coie, 40, said in a telephone interview from her Los Angeles home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flamboyant evangelist Tony Alamo was convicted on federal tax charges in Memphis on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to return to Los Angeles to stand trial on charges that he ordered the beating of a young boy at his Saugus commune. A hearing in the Saugus case is scheduled for today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
FBI agents arrested evangelist and convicted tax evader Tony Alamo at an Arizona motel Thursday, alleging that he took minors across state lines for sexual purposes. Alamo was staying at a hotel in Flagstaff, Ariz., when arrested, said FBI spokesman Steve Frazier in Little Rock. The arrest came days after the FBI raided the Arkansas headquarters of his ministry.
NATIONAL
September 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
FBI agents and state police raided an evangelist's headquarters Saturday as part of a child pornography investigation, and social workers interviewed children who live at the complex in southwestern Arkansas to find out whether they were abused. The raid at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries south of Texarkana started an hour before sunset, but state police said no one was arrested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997 | JAMES RICCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed on a technicality religious cult leader Tony Alamo's appeal of an order requiring him to produce the missing body of his long-dead wife for burial. The body of Susan Alamo, who died of cancer in 1982, disappeared from a Dyer, Ark., mausoleum owned by the cult in 1991, shortly after federal authorities moved to seize church assets for tax irregularities.
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October 1, 1995 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's a convicted tax evader and a flamboyant evangelist who once ran what authorities called a multimillion-dollar, Saugus-based cult. Now Tony Alamo is also a grave robber--at least in the eyes of an Arkansas judge, who has ordered him to lay to rest his wife's missing 13-year-old corpse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1995
Remember Tony Alamo, the enigmatic leader of a Santa Clarita church who was later imprisoned for tax evasion? Well, now's your chance to own Alamo memorabilia. Through Saturday, the IRS is auctioning off 12,000 items in Nashville from Alamo's defunct clothing chain. The fashion is definitely retro: the merchandise includes $5,000 sequined jackets, children's exotic skin boots and painted denim pants. Nevertheless, Alamo-wear is hot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1995
Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a child abuse case against flamboyant evangelist Tony Alamo because of a six-year federal prison sentence he received last year for tax evasion, authorities said. Alamo was accused of ordering followers at his Saugus church in 1988 to paddle a misbehaving 11-year-old boy about 140 times. The evangelist's case has been frequently delayed because he was a fugitive for two years and was then tried and convicted on the tax charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Western clothing firm and fundamentalist churches founded by fugitive preacher Tony Alamo are in disarray and may face imminent financial collapse as the result of a recent IRS crackdown, attorneys for the clothing firm and government officials said Wednesday. Agents for the Internal Revenue Service in June seized merchandise and placed liens on churches, clothing stores and other property linked to Alamo as partial compensation for $7.9 million in unpaid back taxes, IRS officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles hearing on child abuse charges was postponed Thursday for evangelist Tony Alamo, who remained in jail in Memphis, Tenn., where a federal prosecutor accused him of marrying eight of his followers, including married women and 15-year-old girls. Alamo, 59, was convicted by a Memphis federal court jury Wednesday of falsifying his income tax return for 1985 and failing to file returns the following three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a child abuse case against flamboyant evangelist Tony Alamo because of a six-year federal prison sentence he received last year for tax evasion, authorities said. Alamo was accused of ordering followers at his Saugus church in 1988 to paddle a misbehaving 11-year-old boy about 140 times. The evangelist's case has been frequently delayed because he was a fugitive for two years and was then tried and convicted on the tax charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in his years of trouble with the law, flamboyant evangelist Tony Alamo was sentenced to prison Friday, a six-year federal tax-evasion term that has Los Angeles prosecutors wondering whether they need to follow through on his scheduled child abuse trial. Alamo, winding up a three-day hearing in a federal court in Memphis, asked for probation or some other alternative to prison. "As far as I'm concerned, you could deport me to Israel and that would be just fine," he said.
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