Documentary Claims Pat Robertson Stole Money from Refugees to Invest in a Diamond Mine
A documentary is about to be released this week at the Toronto film festival which places Pat Robertson in a less-than-favorable light. The documentary alleges that Robertson stole money that was intended for refugees, and invested the funds in his own diamond mining company.
“Mission Congo,” directed by Lara Zizic and David Turner, is based on the reporting of journalist Bill Sizemore, who has followed Roberts closely for many years. He has had issues with Robertson’s foundation, “Operation Blessing International,” for a very long time.
The documentary alleges that after the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s, Robertson asked viewers of the TV show, “The 700 Club” to give money to Operation Blessing. He stated that the money would go to help refugees who’d gotten into the Congo to escape the genocide.
Pilots working for the group claim that instead of giving aid to people, the planes were used to carry equipment for Robertson’s diamond mine.
In one of the notes that a pilot kept during a trip in which he transported Robertson, he wrote, “Prayed for diamonds.”
“Sometimes a story hits you so profoundly that you simply have to act,” the directors said in their press release. “We were researching a fiction script when we came across an article mentioning Robertson’s dual activities in Congo. We felt that these activities, and implied level of deception, were unfathomable on so many levels that we had to find out more. How could something like this happen? Why was there not more coverage in the media? How did he get away with it? If it happened then, is it still happening now?”
The Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs investigated Robertson on the whereabouts of the funds and found that Robertson “willfully induced contributions from the public through the use of misleading statements and other implications.”
But the office failed to prosecute the claims, which has led Robertson to claim that he did nothing wrong.