A prominent New York City pastor who went viral over the summer after he was robbed during a live stream has been arrested and hit with numerous charges, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Lamor Whitehead is a Brooklyn-based pastor and community leader known for his flamboyant wardrobe and displays of wealth. He has also been noted for his connections with several high-profile public figures, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
The DOJ announced on Monday that Whitehead had been arrested that morning.
According to the official statement, the pastor is accused of defrauding one of his parishioners out of their retirement savings, attempting to commit fraud and extortion against a businessman, and lying to the FBI. The parishioner and businessman that he allegedly targeted were not identified in the announcement.
“As we allege today, Lamor Whitehead abused the trust placed in him by a parishioner, bullied a businessman for $5,000, then tried to defraud him of far more than that, and lied to federal agents,” Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement. “His campaign of fraud and deceit stops now.”
Another damned (and I use that word in its purely biblical sense of eternally condemned) mega church wolf in sheep’s clothing. Such a person is a curse and a plague and a tool of Satan for the besmirching of the true Body of Christ.