Bishop Lamor Whitehead, a Brooklyn pastor with a flashy lifestyle, has been hit with a new fraud charge.
According to the New York Post, federal prosecutors allege that the “Bling Bishop” lied about the amount of money his LLC had and used false bank records to apply for a massive business loan.
The indictment states that in 2018, Whitehead applied for a $250,000 business loan and submitted fake bank documents in his online loan application for his company, Anointing Management Services LLC.
However, after he was repeatedly denied the loan, he continued to use the bogus financial documents until February 2019. He even used them in an application for a $1.3 million mortgage to fund the purchase of his six-bedroom, seven-bath mansion in Paramus, New Jersey.
According to the charges, he fabricated bank details that did not exist and falsified bank statements to make it appear that his company had more than $2 million when, in reality, it had an average balance of less than ten dollars.
Whitehead’s attorney, Dawn Florio, has denied the allegations, and he intends to fight all charges.
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This new charge comes just months after the 45-year-old was accused of fraud and extortion for allegedly defrauding one of his parishioners out of $90,000 from her retirement savings.
Instead of investing the money and helping the parishioner buy a house, Whitehead allegedly used the funds to purchase luxury goods and personal items.
The indictment also alleged that Whitehead tried to extort a businessman out of $5,000 and persuade the same businessman to lend him $500,000 while giving him a stake in certain real estate transactions.
Whitehead’s legal woes continue to pile up, and he faces a difficult road ahead. With the new fraud charge, he could potentially face serious consequences, including fines and dozens of years of imprisonment, if found guilty. Meanwhile, his reputation has taken a significant hit due to allegations of fraud and extortion, which are not in line with his religious teachings.