Updated @ 2:38 p.m.
World Changers Pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested and charged with simple battery, family violence and cruelty to children in Fayette County early Friday.
Dollar was booked into the county jail at 2 a.m., according to Channel 2’s Tom Jones. He was released on $5,000 bond Friday morning.
When police arrived at the Dollar home they found a 15-year-old girl who told them Dollar choked her when she tried to leave the home to attend a party. Creflo and his wife, Taffi, built a custom home in Fayette County in 1996.
According to public records the 7401 square foot mansion is valued at $1.2 million. The Dollars paid $21,367 in property taxes in 2011.
Dollar is the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church in College Park. The megachurch has over 30,000 members. Dollar made headlines last year when he refused to accept former members of embattled preacher Bishop Eddie Long’s church after Long settled a lawsuit with four men who accused him of sexual misconduct.
Dollar was among the first of the mega-church preachers in the country to demand W9 forms from his parishioners to determine the amount they should be tithing.
Dollar’s congregation has enriched his family beyond their wildest dreams.
But his immense wealth has come at a price: a former member of Creflo’s World Changers Ministries once told me that his personal bodyguards (who sit in the front row of the pews) carry concealed Uzi machine guns under their jackets.
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