FORT MILL, S.C., AUG. 9 -- As the PTL continues to purge its payroll of founder Jim Bakker's relatives, officials said the bankrupt ministry once spent $60,000 to fly Tammy Faye Bakker to a California drug treatment center.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell said today that Bakker's elderly parents must be dismissed because they are paid $17,000 a year each and "have done no work for years."

Raleigh Bakker, 80, and his wife Furnia, who turns 81 this week, were not available for comment, but their son Norm said brother Jim was furious when the ministry shut off the couple's telephone and tried to take their car.

Raleigh Bakker "came home from vacation and they had taken his phone out," Norm Bakker said. "My brother said, 'Damn, what if Dad had a stroke or my mother got really sick?' My dad got a notice he's to turn his car back in."

The elder Bakkers join a series of Bakker relatives sacked by the ministry since Jim Bakker resigned in a sex scandal last March and turned the PTL over to Falwell. Norm Bakker and his wife Dorothy were fired in June, and Bakker's sister Donna Puckett was let go in May.

Falwell said PTL Chief Executive Officer Harry Hargrave told him last week that economic cutbacks may force the elder Bakkers off the payroll.

Falwell said Raleigh Bakker and his wife "have been receiving $17,000 each for which they have done no work for years."

"PTL has been providing a charitable gift out of compassion for them," Falwell said. "But we are now under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and I'm sure the federal court would be questioning Harry about making questionable payments for non-services."

A recent PTL accounting of Bakker administration expenditures uncovered the $60,000 plane trip to California for Tammy Faye to undergo treatment for an addiction to prescription drugs.

Former Bakker aide David Taggart, who handled many of Bakker's personal duties, chartered a jet to fly Tammy Faye, along with her two children, a friend and a California physician, to the Eisenhower Memorial Hospital at Rancho Mirage, Calif. There she checked into the Betty Ford Center for drug rehabilitation after two weeks of treatment for pneumonia.

The trip, during which 11-year-old Jamie Bakker reported his mother hallucinated and saw people sitting on the wings of the plane, cost PTL $60,000, Taggart said.

"Tammy wouldn't fly on a small plane," PTL spokesman and former Bakker bodyguard Don Hardister said, "and you can't fly that far nonstop on a Lear {jet}."

Such trips were "not common," Hardister said, "but certainly not unusual."

Tammy Faye, meanwhile, removed the couple's personal belongings this weekend from the $1.3 million lakefront home at Tega Cay where they lived while running the PTL, and will move them to the house in Gatlinburg, Tenn., where the Bakkers plan to live