Brooklyn Pastor Convicted of Fraud, Extortion, and Lying to FBI

Brooklyn Pastor Convicted of Fraud, Extortion, and Lying to FBI

Brooklyn’s flamboyant pastor, Lamor Whitehead, was found guilty on Monday of fraud, attempted extortion, and lying to the FBI. The Manhattan grand jury convicted Whitehead, known for his extravagant fashion choices and flashy jewelry, on all counts, including wire fraud, attempted wire fraud, and attempted extortion. Federal prosecutors revealed that Whitehead had swindled $90,000 from Pauline Anderson, an elderly woman and mother of one of his parishioners. Additionally, he attempted to extort thousands of dollars from a Bronx auto body shop owner by leveraging his connections with Mayor Eric Adams.

During the trial, prosecutors portrayed Whitehead as a deceitful individual who consistently deceived his victims. The pastor convinced Anderson to invest a substantial sum, promising to purchase and renovate a house for her. However, he misappropriated the funds for personal expenses, including luxury purchases at Louis Vuitton and Footlocker, as well as BMW car payments.

Whitehead’s attempt to solicit $500,000 from auto body shop owner Brandon Belmonte was based on false promises of receiving favors from Mayor Adams, whom Whitehead claimed was his mentor and would fulfill his desires. Prosecutor Jessica Greenwood described Whitehead as someone who “lied, cheated, and stole to maintain a wealthy appearance.” She further highlighted his use of lies and threats to extract money from his victims, and when confronted by the FBI, he resorted to further deception.

In addition to the aforementioned charges, Whitehead faced a false statement charge for lying to FBI agents about the number of phones he owned when they executed a search warrant related to the fraud investigation.

Whitehead, aged 45, serves as the pastor of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Canarsie and has gained notoriety in New York City for his eccentric style and flashy jewelry. In July 2022, he made national headlines when he and his wife were robbed at gunpoint during a live-streamed sermon. The thieves made off with several valuable items, including a $75,000 Rolex watch, a $75,000 Cavalier watch, and a $25,000 ruby and diamond ring.

Author: CrimeDoor

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