Posted Oct. 18, 2007 – Juanita Bynum, the wealthy, powerful TV evangelist, is feeling the financial squeeze following her very public dispute with her estranged husband –charged in August with beating and choking her at in Atlanta hotel parking lot.
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Ware County Tax Commissioner Steve Barnard says that the sprawling $4.5 million estate of the Pentecostal preacher is on the verge of being auctioned off, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Barnard says that he filed a lien against her 24-acre property in early June because Bynum failed to pay $32,007.56 in 2006 property taxes, plus a $3,200 penalty and $2,240 in interest.
Included on the property, near Waycross, Ga., are a 7,487-square-foot house, a 6,748-square-foot house and a 1,366-square-foot house. She lives in one of the homes, Barnard said.
He told the Journal-Constitution that he got a call from someone at Bynum's office a month ago, "wanting to know if they could set up a payment plan, and I told them if she sent me $25,000 [by Sept. 28.], I'd take it out of the [Nov. 6] sale, and she'd have 60 days to pay the balance.
"I never received anything, and then last week, I received a check for $5,000 and someone from her organization called and wanted to know if we got the check," Barnard said. "I said, well, we got a check for $5,000 that was supposed to have been $25,000, and they wanted to know if that would take it out of the sale and I told them, no."