Federal Authorities: Bishop Embezzled Churchgoer’s Retirement Savings for Luxury Purchases
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Lamor Miller Whitehead, a high-living bishop of the church who became famous after being Robbed Mid-sermon on July 2022 live stream, has been arrested for fraud and extortion.
According to a Dec. Press release Miller was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York with “defrauding one of the parishioners of part of their retirement savings, attempting extort a businessman, lying to the FBI.” Pastor Miller, 45, was arrested by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York. Leaders of Tomorrow International Church He was taken into custody on Monday morning.
U.S. attorney Damian Williams was quoted in the release as saying, “Lamor Whitehead abused a trust placed in him for $5,000, bullied a man for $5,000, then tried defrauding him of far more and lied to federal agents.”
Michael J. Driscoll (Assistant Director of the FBI) added that Whitehead was allegedly behind “several deplicitous schemes to receive funds from his victim” and also lied to investigators.
Federal court indictments did not seal the case. Pastor One parishioner was compelled to give $90,000 in retirement savings to the Bishop, promising to invest them for her. Prosecutors claim that the Bishop used the money to buy “luxury goods” for his personal use.
Whitehead is accused of extorting another parishioner by asking for $5,000 and then following up with a request to $500,000. Prosecutors allege that Whitehead extorted another parishioner for $5,000, and then followed up with a request for $500,000. Whitehead is also accused in lying to investigators when he executed a search warrant on his property. He claimed that he didn’t have any cellphones other than the one he was using. [he] He owned a second phone that he used to communicate with his family.
If convicted of all charges, two counts of wire fraud, one ExortionOne for making false statements — Bishop Lamor Whitehead could spend a maximum of 45 years in prison.
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