PROSPERITY GOSPEL BISHOP LAMOR WHITEHEAD OF NEW YORK CITY WAS ARRESTED TODAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th AND FACES 65 YEARS IN PRISON AS HE IS HIT WITH FEDERAL CHARGES FOR DEFRAUDING CHURCH MEMBERS OF OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS AND SPENDING IT ON LUXURY CLOTHES, CARS, AND HOUSES
PROSPERITY GOSPEL BISHOP LAMOR WHITEHEAD OF NEW YORK CITY WAS ARRESTED TODAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th AND FACES 65 YEARS IN PRISON AS HE IS HIT WITH FEDERAL CHARGES FOR DEFRAUDING CHURCH MEMBERS OF OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS AND SPENDING IT ON LUXURY CLOTHES, CARS, AND HOUSES. Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International tells other prosperity gospel preachers, get your house in order because they are coming after you too, especially if you misused PPP funds. Below is what Daniel Whyte III told Creflo Dollar just a day ago, and he encourages you to go and do thou likewise:
Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International, tells Creflo Dollar after the Coronavirus plague, which is still ongoing because it is a “plague of long continuance,” other plagues have been added, such as the monkey pox plague and the economic plague, etc., as rebuke and chastisement upon pastors and churches including you and your church, because of the sins and abominations of the church, including the sin and false teaching of the prosperity gospel that has misled and destroyed millions of people’s lives and families, and because of this rebuke and chastisement of the Lord, we believe you were moved to offer an apology for your false teaching in the past; you even said that “people should throw away your books” and we at BCNN1 even said God was working in your heart and we told your critics to leave you alone while that was happening; so, therefore, do not listen to your mentor Kenneth Copeland and money-hungry men and silly-minded women to push you back into the bull-sheep of the prosperity gospel. You know that’s not you anymore. You are a better man than that, and you need to separate from your mentor Kenneth Copeland, and set out on your own and tell people the truth and stop preaching this false prosperity gospel foolishness and preach the Truth of the Word of God, for God’s glory and for the lifting up of Jesus Christ. Don’t forget the pain of the rebuke and chastisement of the Lord from the coronavirus plague or things will get worse.
Lamor Whitehead, 45, the founder of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Church, was arrested Monday
He is charged with wire fraud, extortion and making material false statements
Authorities say he scammed a woman out of $90,000 from her retirement fund and $50,000 from a Bronx businessman
The so-called ‘bling pastor’ faces a maximum 65 years in prison
New York City‘s notorious ‘bling’ pastor has been arrested by federal agents for allegedly scamming his parishioners out of more than a hundred thousand dollars.
Lamor Whitehead, the founder of Brooklyn’s Leaders of Tomorrow International Church, was indicted on Monday on two counts of wire fraud, one count of extortion and one count of making material false statements.
He faces a maximum of 65 years in prison, though his attorney insists he is innocent of all charges.
The pastor who preaches prosperity had made headlines earlier this year when two men robbed him at gunpoint while he was giving a live-streamed sermon. Those suspects are now expected to stand trial early next year.
It was later revealed that the Whitehead, 45, had previously served two years in a state prison on multiple counts of identity fraud and grand larceny before he was released early for good behavior.
According to the indictment, Whitehead scammed one of his parishioners out of $90,000 from her retirement savings.
It says he had promised to buy the woman a home, but instead spent the money on luxury goods and clothing.
Federal authorities allege in the indictment that he had repeated communications via text and the Internet with the woman and her son, before they allegedly wired money across state lines.
Although the indictment does not name the victim, the allegations match those made in a civil lawsuit brought by Pauline Anderson over the summer.
She had claimed in the suit, filed in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, that she visited the Leaders of Tomorrow Church in 2020 while she was recovering from surgery.
The victim said she had told Whitehead she was struggling to get a mortgage because of her bad credit score, and the pastor agreed to help.
At first, Anderson claims, she was hesitant to turn over her life savings to the pastor, but decided to go through with it ‘because he was a supposed man of the cloth and had previously helped her own son secure housing for himself,’ the New York Post reported in July.
He also allegedly agreed to pay her $100-a-month as the savings were her only source of income, and texted her: ‘I am a man of integrity and you will not lose,’ according to the New York Times.
But Whitehead allegedly made only one payment to the woman in January 2021, the suit claims, and each time she asked the pastor about the status of her home, he would tell her he was tied up with his election campaign for Brooklyn borough president.
Eventually, though, he told the struggling woman that he was investing the cash in his company and had no obligation to pay it back.
Anderson said she later found out Whitehead used the funds to purchase a $4.4million home for himself in Saddle River, New Jersey.
That purchase never actually went through, the Post reports, but the pastor did wind up buy a $4.5million apartment complex in Hartford, Connecticut.
Anderson sought a $1million judgment in the alleged scam.
Separately, federal authorities allege, Whitehead extorted an unnamed businessman out of $5,000 in April and May of this year, and asked the man to lend him $50,000, promising he could make them both ‘millions.’
The indictment claims he used threats of force to obtain $5,000 from the victim, who made the payment at the direction of law enforcement officers investigating Whitehead’s actions.
He allegedly told the Bronx business owner that he could ‘obtain favorable actions by the New York City government,’ as he is said to have close ties with Mayor Eric Adams.
When authorities went to arrest him, they allege in the indictment, he told them only had owned the phone he had on him at the time — despite previously sending a text message telling one of his victims to contact him on his ‘other phone.’
Whitehead must now forfeit ‘any and all property, real and personal, that constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the commission of said offenses,’ the indictment says.
And if those items cannot be located or obtained, federal agents are asked to take any other items ‘up to the value of the above forfeitable property.’
When DailyMail.com reached out to ask what sparked the investigation into the Bling Pastor, they said ‘no comment.’
‘His campaign of fraud and deceit stops now,’ US Attorney Damien Williams said in a statement on Monday.
FBII Assistant Director Michael Driscoll, who filed the indictment, added: ‘If you are willing to obtain funds through false promises or threats, the FBI will ensure that you are made to face the consequences for your actions in our criminal justice system.’
But Whitehead’s attorney, Dawn Florio, has insisted the pastor is innocent of the federal charges brought against him.
‘Bishop Lamor Whitehead is not guilty of these charges,’ she said in a statement to the Post. ‘He will be vigorously defending these allegations.
‘He feels that he is being targeted, and being turned into a villain from a victim.’
The Rolls-Royce driving pastor was robbed on July 24 while giving a sermon to his Brooklyn congregation.
Video of the incident showed three men burst into his church and hold him at gunpoint.
The thieves reportedly made off with more than $400,000 in bling from the ostentatious bishop before two were arrested in September.