$1M Worth Of Jewelry During Church Service Got Robbed By a Pastor
Lamour Whitehead was accused and charged with federal financial fraud. Lamour Whitehead went viral on July 2022 when he robbed more than $1 million worth of jewelry during a live-streamed church service. He was arrested and charged with federal financial fraud.
On Monday (Dec. 19), Whitehead was charged with fraud, and extortion, and also lied to the federal authorities, according to The New York Times. The Federal prosecutors of Manhattan said that Mr. Whitehead solicited money from the victims, including a retired parishioner, by using either threats or false promises of enriching them, and then kept the money for himself.
A woman who was recovering from surgery said that while she was visiting his church in 2020, Whitehead allegedly offered to help her purchase a home and asked her to send him $90,000 to a retirement account.
Pastor Robs $1M Worth Of Jewelry During Church Service
A text was delivered by him stating that he is a “man of integrity and someone you will not lose”. Moreover, when she asked him to return her money, he said that it had already been invested. Whitehead made it to the headline news on July 24 when three masked bandits, dressed in black, stormed into the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministry church while carrying guns.
Whitehead lay on the floor and stopped his sermon. As they were searching his pockets, they removed some jewelry from Whitehead and his wife. Two men were hit with federal robbery charges for the alleged crimes in September.
Whitehead also made it to the news in September when he and a woman in his congregation were arrested by authorities after he grabbed her during his sermon. He believed that she was going to assault his family who was sitting in the pews.
The authorities released Whitehead without filing him any charges, but 47-year-old Tarsha Howard was charged with trespassing and disrupting a religious service.