A televangelist who’s in federal prison for tax evasion is still seeking donations to his “ministry” through emails sent at least every other day.
In the last month, 20 separate emails have gone out to email subscribers of RockWealth International Ministries based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. RockWealth’s founder, William Todd Coontz, 55, is currently incarcerated at Pensacola Federal Prison Camp until June 2025, according to federal Bureau of Prisons records.
In the emails, Coontz urges supporters to “sow your seed” through donations to his ministry. He asks for donations of $100, $500, and even a $1,000 “millionaires receivers seed” — saying that “God Is Birthing Millionaires” and those donors can “Expect 3 Supernatural Harvests!”
The emails don’t mention Coontz’s conviction and imprisonment for failing to pay taxes and helping file false tax returns. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $750,000 in restitution, The Roys Report reported previously.
It’s unclear how Coontz is able to solicit the donations while imprisoned. A prisoner’s basic right to communicate with the outside world is protected, but courts have upheld various government restrictions on communications for security’s sake. And Pensacola FPC rules state “inmates may not operate or direct businesses while incarcerated.”
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Coontz’s convictions also stem from his use of RockWealthand his two for-profit companies to hide millions of dollars in taxable income. Among other tactics, authorities said he described several purchases as business assets when they were really personal items. These included seven luxury vehicles, a Regal 2500 boat, and a $1.5 million condo he called a parsonage.
Coontz is still prominent on websites for RockWealth and a church he founded, Dominion Family Worship Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Florida incorporation records for his business, Legacy Media Inc., also still list him as president.
The Roys Report reached out to Coontz and a public information officer for the Bureau of Prisons, but neither responded immediately.
Sarah Einselen is an award-winning writer and editor based in Texas.