Bishop Lamor Whitehead Receives 9-Year Prison Sentence For Extortion & Fraud

This sentencing is related to charges of fraud and extortion.

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A bishop hailing from Brooklyn, known for his involvement, in controversies has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

According to Pix 11 Bishop Lamor Whitehead received the sentence for engaging in fraud and extortion in a case. One of his congregation members entrusted him with $90,000 from her retirement savings after he pledged to assist her in purchasing a home.

“Lamor Whitehead is a con man who stole millions of dollars in a string of financial frauds and even stole from one of his own parishioners,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said according to a press release. “He lied to federal agents, and again to the Court at his trial. 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.”

Prosecutors alleged that Whitehead utilized the funds for purchases and personal expenses than their intended use. Despite this the bishop maintains his innocence.

“We will explore all available legal avenues to ensure that justice is served. Our dedication to proving Bishop Whitehead’s innocence is unwavering, and we will immediately begin the appeal process,” Whitehead’s attorney, Dawn Florio, said in a statement.

The extortion charges against Whitehead stem, from an incident where he coerced a businessman into paying him $5,000. He also asked for a $500,000 loan, from the person stating he would “obtain favorable actions by the New York City government.”

Williams noted that Whitehead showed “shown an utter lack of remorse” throughout the trial. Upon completing his prison sentence he will be supervised for three years obligated to pay $85,000 in restitution and forfeit $95,000.

During a sermon in 2022 armed intruders disrupted Whitehead. Robbed him at gunpoint. The thieves took the bishops ring, wedding band and several chains concealed under his robe. As reported by The New York Times they fled with, around $1 million worth of jewelry.