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“Bling Bishop” Lamor Whitehead of Paramus NJ found guilty

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Lamor Whitehead, a 45-year-old pastor from Paramus known as “bishop bling“, was convicted of several charges, including wire fraud, attempted extortion and making false statements, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Whitehead, who also leads a church in Brooklyn, New York, was convicted of two counts of wire fraud, one count of attempted wire fraud and one count of attempted extortion, each punishable by maximum of 20 years in prison. Additionally, he was convicted of one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Prosecutors revealed that Whitehead, under the guise of helping one of his parishioners buy a home, convinced her to invest about $90,000 of her retirement savings. Instead of keeping his promise, Whitehead diverted the funds for his personal use, splurging on luxury items and other expenses. When asked to repay, he resorted to continued deception.

Additionally, Whitehead attempted to extort $5,000 from a businessman and then requested a $500,000 loan, falsely promising favorable actions from the mayor of New York in exchange. Knowing he could not keep his promises, Whitehead's actions amounted to attempted fraud and extortion.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As a unanimous jury found, Lamor Whitehead abused the trust placed in him by a parishioner, attempted to obtain a fraudulent loan using false bank statements, intimidated a man business for $5,000, attempted to defraud him of much more. than that, and lied to federal agents. Whitehead’s reprehensible lies and criminal conduct have caught up with him, as he is now convicted of five federal crimes and faces prison time.”

In another case, Whitehead submitted a fraudulent application for a $250,000 business loan, fabricating bank statements to inflate his financial situation.

In addition to his legal troubles, Whitehead made false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents during a search of his New Jersey mansion. He falsely claimed to own only one cell phone while concealing the existence of another regularly used device.

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