TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - An attorney for convicted evangelist Tony Alamo says an FBI agent's affidavit that Alamo controls property that's listed in the names of members of his ministry is based on "speculation ... and/or hearsay."
Attorney John Rogers makes the assertion in a response to the government's effort to seize more than two dozen properties associated with Alamo to help pay $2.5 million in restitution he owes to five women he took as "brides" when they were children. Alamo is serving 175 years in prison after being convicted of taking the women across state lines for sex when they were children.
The affidavit says Alamo Ministries often transferred ownership of property from one member to another - but that Alamo controlled the properties.
Rogers denies that Alamo owns or has any interest in the properties.