Ephren Taylor was tracked down by the ABC program "The Lookout," which aired on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, showing the self-made millionaire and preacher's son -- not donning the clean cut fade haircut and business suits that he wore in the pulpit of Bishop Eddie Long's church, but wearing dreadlocks, a T-shirt and running from the cameras that tracked him to a massage spa with his wife, Me'Shelle.
Update: ABC has now uploaded the video from "The Lookout" online to watch, both parts 1 and 2.
(You can also watch the "Ephren Taylor gets caught" video here that has part two, showing Me'Shelle and Ephren running from the cameras.)
While the latest ABC "The Lookout" video hasn't yet been found online, the "Nightline" video above does show Ephren's "wealth tour" back in 2009, when I first wrote about Taylor, and oddly began getting comments about the man being a scammer.
Both shows profiled people who've lost their retirement income after investing with Taylor, like Gary Dorio and his wife, who invested $1.3 million with Taylor, when they thought they were investing in a gas station, laundromat and an inner city juice bar. They've since left Pastor Joel Osteen's church, where they first met the Ponzi scheming Taylor.
Lillian Wells is also shown in the video, a woman who spoke personally with Taylor in 2009, after hearing him speak at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
Cathy Lerman, an attorney for the Dorios, speaks of several people who said they invested $100,000 in a laundromat in Kansas, but at the end of the day, had nothing to show for it. The Dorios left Lakewood Church, who admits they let Taylor speak, but the church did make the announcement that they weren't endorsing Taylor and his schemes -- and didn't let him proceed further beyond speaking to a small class about financial topics.
Taylor's wife, however, had a music video, singing, "I move like a billionaire," but the massage spa employees spoke of her more like a woman who waxed nostalgically about the wealth they once had, and went by the moniker Liz Taylor, instead of her real name. When ABC's "The Lookout" cameras caught up with her and Ephren, they drove away hastily. She still showed up to work an hour later, however, and walked and intermittently ran from the cameras, without speaking a word to all the people they owed money.
The Taylors would whisper and not look people in the eye, said the spa employees, who noted that Ephren took note of the fact that security cameras had been installed in the spa. They blamed their financial downturn on the downturn of the economy without elaborating, but a good old Google search on the real name listed on "Liz Taylor's" certificate blew the whole search wide open.
Lisa Conway worked for Taylor in 2010, and says she saw things that weren't on the up and up, like the Taylors trying to manipulate paperwork. The woman who knew too much said that people began banging down their doors, wanting their money back.
The Dorios spoke of forgiving Taylor, even though they, like other victims of the scam, were facing foreclosure on their home due to the amount of money lost in the melee.