Bishop Eddie Long is being sued by a dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church who say he encouraged them to invest in a company that was operating an alleged Ponzi scheme.

New Birth members lost more than $1 million. Members told the Journal-Constitutuion, “If Bishop Eddie Long hadn’t endorsed businessman Ephren W. Taylor as a “friend,” they wouldn’t have invested.

Long’s church has urged Taylor to repay investors with interest.

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