NY Bishop Arrested on Fraud and Extortion Charges for Robbery During Livestream Service

New York City Bishop robbed of nearly $1 million worth of jewelry during live broadcast service July was arrested Monday morning and faces fraud and extortion charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Lamore Whitehead, who leads Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood, was charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of extortion and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. Court documents say

In one case, Whitehead, 45, is accused of convincing a parishioner to invest about $90,000 in his retirement savings. Instead, he reportedly spent the money on “thousands of dollars in luxury items and clothing.”

He is also accused of using threats of violence to extort $5,000 from a New York businessman, which the businessman gave to Whitehead, according to court documents.

Whitehead tried to get the same businessman to loan him about $500,000 and offer him “interest in real estate transactions” in exchange for “favorable actions by New York City government,” which he was unable to obtain, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. .

FBI agents executing the search warrant said Whitehead was told he only had one cell phone, when in fact he had a second cell phone.

“As we allege today, Lamore Whitehead abused the trust a parishioner placed in him, bullied a businessman out of $5,000, then tried to defraud him of more, and lied to federal agents,” said Southern US Attorney Damian Williams. New York District, “His campaign of fraud and deceit now ceases.”

If convicted, Whitehead faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, court documents state.

Whitehead’s attorney, Dan Florio, denied the allegations. “Bishop Lamore Whitehead is not guilty of these charges. He will vigorously defend these allegations. He feels he is being targeted and transformed from victim to villain.”

Whitehead was released on personal recognizance on a $500,000 bond when he appeared in court Monday. Conditions of his release include that he cannot travel outside the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, and that he is not allowed to contact the victims in the case, U.S. Attorney Nicholas Bias said. He must maintain “verifiable employment” and cannot apply for a new passport.

Whitehead made news over the summer when attackers stormed a live Sunday service and robbed him and his wife of $1 million worth of jewelry.

“When I saw them coming into the sanctuary with their guns, I told everybody to get out, everybody get out,” Whitehead said in a video posted to Instagram at the time. “I don’t know if they want to shoot the church or if they came to loot.”

In September, Bishop made headlines again when he was The police removed him from his church After the video surfaced, it shows him grabbing a woman and pushing her.

While he was preaching at a Brooklyn church, someone in the congregation started yelling off camera. He paused the service to answer.

“Would you like to come and preach?” He is finally heard Live streaming service. “Come up here. I will make you famous.

As a woman approaches him, Bishop is seen in the video grabbing her hair by the back of her neck and pushing her away from the camera.

The woman, Tarsha Howard, was charged with trespassing and disrupting a religious service. Whitehead was not arrested, according to police, but Bishop disagreed and said he was taken into custody.

“You put me in jail and then let me out and say, ‘Oops, you made a mistake’?” He said a Video At the time. “But you cannot arrest me without reason. I’m going to protect my family.

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