A controversial preacher in Brooklyn known as the "bling bling bishop" is reportedly in trouble with the law. Again.
On Wednesday, federal prosecutors filed yet another indictment against Lamor Whitehead, the 44-year-old bishop of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries church in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. This time, Whitehead has been accused of falsifying bank records to secure a mortgage that he then used to purchase a New Jersey mansion currently valued at $2.8 million.
According to the indictment, Whitehead "fabricated bank records" to his company, Anointing Management Services LLC, claiming from October 2018 until the following February that AMS had nearly $2 million in assets "when in fact during that time period [the business] had an average ending balance of less than ten dollars." Then in at least one instance, Whitehead made up a bank account "that did not in fact exist," the indictment claimed.
Whitehead then allegedly used those forged bank records to secure a $1.3-million loan to purchase his 6,200-square-foot home in Paramus, New Jersey. He also supposedly used those documents to try and secure another $250,000 business loan, but that loan application was denied.
Back in December, Whitehead was arrested for allegedly conning a retired parishioner out of $90,000 on the pretense that he would help the woman buy a home and for allegedly extorting a businessman. For those allegations, he was charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of extortion, and one count of making material false statements to the FBI. Now, Whitehead has been charged with another count of wire fraud and may be facing additional fraud charges as well.
The "bling bling bishop" also made headlines last summer when three armed suspects entered his church while he was preaching and stole $400,000 worth of jewelry from Whitehead and his wife. Two of the suspects were later arrested and have pled not guilty.
In addition to wearing flashy jewelry and attire, Whitehead, a known associate of New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), frequently drives around in expensive cars. He preaches the "prosperity gospel" to his congregants and encourages them to donate to his church as seed for sowing.
He also served seven years for a finance-related crime. In 2006, Whitehead was convicted of identity theft after he stole someone's identity and then used the individual's money to buy cars and motorcycles, the New York Post reported. Though originally sentenced to 30 years, he was released in 2013 for good behavior.
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