Brooklyn Pastor Robbed During Church Service, Was Previously Sued For Allegedly Stealing $90K In Parishioners Savings
A Brooklyn pastor who was recently robbed during his sermon is making headlines.
According to reports, a lawsuit filed last year in Brooklyn’s Supreme Court alleges Bishop Lamor Whitehead stole $90,000 in retirement savings from one of his parishioners. Bishop Lamor Whitehead is being accused of persuading Pauline Anderson to invest her entire life savings in one of his firms, Lamor Whitehead Inc., promising that he would assist her in buying a home despite her bad credit history. Bishop Lamor Whitehead connected Anderson with two money lenders who informed her she’d have a hard time getting a loan to buy a home. Whitehead then offered to help her himself if she agreed to invest money in his firm.
The lawsuit states, Pauline Anderson wrote a $90,000 check to Whitehead in November 2020 and expected him to give her $100 monthly allowances to pay her bills. Whitehead, the bishop at Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches in Canarsie, Brooklyn, allegedly told Pauline Anderson that he was using her money as a donation to his former campaign to run for Brooklyn borough president. He allegedly mentioned that he had no intentions on paying Anderson back.
Anderson’s son, Rasheed Anderson introduced his mother to Whitehead following her acceptance to become his church’s parishioner in January 2020. Anderson had just recovered from life-threatening surgery and the bishop offered to call her and lead her in prayer regarding her health. This eventually led to Anderson connecting with Whitehead about her dream to purchase a home but refrained from doing so because of her credit history. During this time Whitehead helped Rasheed Anderson with getting his own home.
Whitehead allegedly disappeared and cited his campaign for Brooklyn borough president as the reason after the first monthly allowance was paid in January 2021. According to text messages submitted as evidence in the lawsuit, Whitehead said Anderson’s money had been invested and wasn’t easy to access. Text messages between the plaintiff and the defendant were submitted as evidence on Thursday (May 19). In the text message, Whitehead called Anderson’s son a liar and a deceiver. Whitehead stated:
“And for the record anything that was given to me is a Donation unless it’s attached to a contract! I was making investments that’s what I Do!”
The lawsuit states:
“Mr. Whitehead fraudulently induced Ms. Anderson to liquidate her entire life savings to pay him the ‘investment’ of $90,000.00, promising to use the funds to purchase and renovate a house for her.”
The lawsuit continues:
“Ms. Anderson was instead left with nothing but a vague promise by Mr. Whitehead to pay the funds back in the future followed by an assertion that he had no further obligation to do so.”
In an interview on Thursday (July 28) Whitehead said Anderson wasn’t being truthful to the court. He said:
“Her son was a member of my ministry who was removed because he was unintegral. It’s a lawsuit because of who I am.”
“Everybody that tried to sue me because of my celebrity status is just gonna keep going in trying to do what they do.”
As previously reported, on Sunday (July 24) Whitehead and his wife were robbed during his sermon. During Whitehead’s live stream, three masked gunmen entered the church. He got down on the floor before the robbers came to grab the jewelry valued at $1 million. In the past, Whitehead served five years behind bars for identity theft and grand larceny.
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