DADE CITY, FLA. -- Former PTL president Richard W. Dortch and his wife, Mildred, face charges of fraudulently applying for homestead exemptions for a New Port Richey home that was not their full-time residence, officials said.
Two counts of misdemeanor homestead exemption fraud were lodged Friday against Mildred Dortch and one against her husband by the state attorney's office covering Pasco and Pinellas counties.
Mildred Dortch, in a similar case, recently pleaded not guilty to three counts of grand theft and three counts of homestead exemption fraud in Polk County in connection with a $179,000 Winter Haven residence belonging to the couple.
The Dortches paid $879 less in property taxes over three years than they should have, Polk County authorities charge.
The Dortches could not be reached for comment.
Richard Dortch was second in command to television evangelist Jim Bakker at the PTL ministry, which erupted in scandal in March with charges that Bakker had had a sexual liaison with a church secretary, then used church money to buy her silence about the incident. Further allegations of sexual and financial misconduct followed.
Richard Dortch became PTL president after Bakker's departure amid stories of lavish living by ministry officials, then was forced out himself a month later.