(Dallas, TX) -- A watchdog group has been asked to look into the finances of embattled Georgia Reverend Eddie Long.
Three men have filed lawsuits against Long, calling the Atlanta megachurch pastor a sexual predator.
They claim he used his influence as their pastor to browbeat them into having sex with him when they were teenagers.
In court papers, the three claim Long would discuss the Bible, quote, "to justify and support the sexual activity." Now, Ole Anthony, who heads the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, says he's been asked by the Senate Finance Committee to look into Long's finances.
Three years ago, at Anthony's urging, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent letters to Long and five other prominent televangelists demanding details about their expenditures, financial practices, credit cards and other information.
Anthony says his group supplied Grassley with enough incriminating material "to fill a Volkswagon." As an example, Anthony says Long uses church money to buy corporate jets through his private company and then charges the church high fees to lease the jets for his own use.
(Copyright 2010 by VERTEXNews/Newsroom Solutions)