New York's "Bling Bishop's" Fall From Grace: How A Pastor DUPED Millions And Landed In Prison

By Victor Smiroff | Thursday, 20 June 2024 03:00 PM
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The notorious Brooklyn pastor, widely known as the "Bling Bishop," has been handed a nine-year prison sentence for a series of crimes including fraud, extortion, and making false statements, as reported by the Daily Caller.

Lamor Whitehead, the pastor in question, was found guilty of stealing millions of dollars through the submission of fraudulent applications to various financial institutions, according to the DOJ. In a shocking revelation, Whitehead was also accused of pilfering approximately $90,000 in retirement savings from a member of his own congregation. He reportedly squandered this money on high-end goods and personal expenses, after falsely promising the parishioner that he was investing the funds to secure her a home.

The DOJ further disclosed that Whitehead had extorted $5,000 from a businessman, and later attempted to swindle an additional $500,000 and a stake in certain real estate transactions. He promised the businessman favorable actions from the New York City mayor in return, despite being fully aware that he could not deliver on these promises.

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The DOJ also highlighted that Whitehead's deceit extended to law enforcement agents, to whom he made false statements during a search of his New Jersey residence.

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"Today's sentence puts an end to Whitehead's various schemes and reflects this Office's commitment to bring accountability to those who abuse their positions of trust," stated Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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In addition to his prison sentence, Whitehead has been ordered to serve three years of supervised release, pay $85,000 in restitution, and forfeit $95,000, according to the DOJ.

Dawn Florio, Whitehead's attorney, expressed their disappointment with the verdict to NPR, stating that they "are deeply saddened by the outcome" and intend to appeal the sentence. Florio added, "We will explore all available legal avenues to ensure that justice is served."

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