Did Phelps and Friends Lie About Finances?

Westboro Say They’re Too Poor To Pay Up

Fred Phelps and his spawn have a bit of a problem.

They’ve been ordered to cough up nearly $11 million for picketing at a soldier’s funeral, but their Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church can’t muster the moolah. Aw, ain’t that a shame?

The fallen soldier’s father, Arnold Snyder and his legal team claim the Phelps clan hasn’t been forthright with their finances. Not only did they not present all of their financial documents, but daughter Rebekah Phelps-Davis lied about having sole ownership of a $146,600 home. Records unsealed yesterday, however, show that she shares responsibility with her husband. We guess their demented God shines brightly on shady liars, huh.

We’ve included an allegedly complete list of the group’s finances after the jump.

Via The Baltimore Sun:

In the financial documents, Phelps listed less than $1,000 in cash, with most of his $231,129 net worth stemming from the home he shares with his wife. Phelps-Roper listed about $12,000 in cash, $35,000 in a retirement fund, $45,000 in cars and personal property, a $238,000 home and a $49,000 mortgage. Phelps-Davis listed $306 in her checking account, $20,000 in a retirement fund, $35,000 in personal property, a $146,000 home and a $65,000 mortgage.

All three also listed thousands of dollars in credit card debt.

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  • Wolfie

    The IRS needs to audit because now they have cause.

    And if they don’t have enough every penny that they have should be taken.

  • Bob R

    How do they live and pay bills? How can they afford to fly all over the nation and protest? I know they are all lawyers and probably pretty slick at hiding finances, but what will it take for the IRS to get involved and do a little digging. Because they are “a church” does that mean all they own and possess is tax exempt? If that’s the case, maybe we should make homosexuality a religion and all gays will be ordained ministers and tax exempt.

  • jarvisbearcub

    According to an internet document that has made the rounds, they’ve made a lot of money suing people over the years (most of the family are all lawyers).

    I like that they picketed gays for years and funerals of people who died from AIDS. But talk bad about the military, well NOW you’ve gone too far. So disappointing.

  • Brandon

    Shirley Phelps says that losing this suit is a “futility,” but seeing them lose sure put a big grin on my face. And after all, if you can make at least one person smile, isn’t that something?

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