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Brooklyn Pastor Lamor Whitehead arrested for fraud, extortion & false statements

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The flashy, jewelry-flaunting Brooklyn pastor who reported being robbed while preaching at his church this past summer was arrested on federal charges Monday — unrelated to the July incident — for allegedly defrauding a parishioner, trying to extort a businessman and lying to the FBI, according to a federal indictment.

Lamor Whitehead, the 45-year-old pastor who goes by “Bishop,” was charged with wire fraud, attempted wire fraud, attempted extortion and making a material false statement, the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York announced. He faces up to 65 years in prison for his alleged crimes.

As the pastor of Leaders of TomorrowInternational Ministry, Whitehead allegedly defrauded one of his parishioners out of about$90,000 from her retirement savings over the course of at least 14 months beginning around April 2020, according to the indictment. The document said Whitehead told the parishioner he would use her money to help her buy a home and invest the rest of the money, but instead used it “to purchase thousands of dollars of luxury goods and clothing” and “for his own purposes.”

Whitehead never helped her buy a home, the court document says, and never returned her money despite her request.

This spring, Whitehead allegedly attempted to convince a businessman to loan him about $500,000 and grant him a stake in real estate transactions in exchange for obtaining “favorable actions by the New York City government” that would make them “millions” — something the pastor knew he could not obtain, the indictment says. Earlier this year, he also allegedly used “threats of force” against that same businessman to extort $5,000 from him.

Further, Whitehead allegedly told FBI agents who were executing a search warrant that he had only one phone. But the indictment states he had a second phone that he used — including to text a message in which he described it as “my other phone,” the indictment states.

Whitehead appeared in court Monday and was released on a $500,000 personal recognizance bond, according to Attorney’s Office spokesman Nicholas Biase.

“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,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. “His campaign of fraud and deceit stops now.”

Whitehead’s attorney, Dawn Florio, denied the accusations against Whitehead.

“Bishop Lamor Whitehead is not guilty of these charges,” Florio told CNN. “We are vigorously defending these accusations and we feel he is being targeted and being turned into a villain from a victim.”

A controversial pastor with extravagant tastes

 

Back in July, Whitehead said he was the victim of a robbery in which at least one masked and armed man entered Whitehead’s church and took jewelry from him and his wife, according to a separate federal indictment. Part of the incident was captured on a livestream video from inside the church that showed Whitehead put his hands up and complied with the gunmen’s demands.

He reported that the stolen jewelry was worth more than $1 million, raising questions as to how and why the pastor obtained and flaunted such displays of wealth.

Brooklyn pastor says he and his wife were robbed of more than $1 million in jewelry while preaching

In September, two men were indicted on federal charges for their alleged roles in the armed robbery, while a third defendant remains at large, according to the Department of Justice. Juwan Anderson, 23, and Say-Quan Pollack, 24, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a trial date is set for July, according to federal court records.

Whitehead’s verified Instagram account details his extravagant shows of wealth, including Louis Vuitton-emblazoned suits, large jewelry and brightly colored sports cars. In a video posted shortly after the robbery, he pushed back against the media headlines referring to him as “flashy.”

“It’s not about me being flashy. It’s about me purchasing what I want to purchase,” he said. “It’s my prerogative to purchase what I want to purchase. If I worked hard for it, I can purchase what I want to purchase.”

According to his bio on the Leaders of Tomorrow website, Whitehead attended the New York Theological Seminary and completed his studies with a certificate in Ministry in Human Services from the Theological Institution of Rising Hope Inc. It touts him as a licensed New York state chaplain and a certified marriage and funeral officiant. In 2013, he founded Leaders of Tomorrow Ministry in Brooklyn, his bio states.

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Frail Jane Fonda, 85, is seen in wheelchair at LAX

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Jane Fonda looked frail as she was seen in a wheelchair arriving back at LAX Airport from the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

Fonda wore a black jacket, lavender sweater, black pants and white shirt for her arrival look.

She completed the ensemble with sunglasses and a black face mask.

It is not known why Fonda used a wheelchair –  but in the past she has had back operations, an artificial knee surgery and a hip implant which required her to use the aide.

Sighting: Jane Fonda looked frail as she was seen in a wheelchair arriving back at LAX Airport from the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday

Sighting: Jane Fonda looked frail as she was seen in a wheelchair arriving back at LAX Airport from the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday

Fonda is facing backlash after she called for men to face ‘arrest and jail’ for the destruction done to the planet as she blamed white men specifically for creating the ‘climate crisis.’

‘It is a tragedy that we have to absolutely stop. We have to arrest and jail those men — they’re all men [behind this],’ she said Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

She added there ‘would be no climate crisis if there was no racism.’

‘White men are the things that matter and then everything else [is] at the bottom,’ the outspoken actor said of the ‘hierarchy’ that gives men power.

Fonda first shared her thoughts about the connection between racism and climate change in an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this year.

‘Where would they put the sh*t,’ she said. ‘They’re not gonna put it in Bel Air. They’ve got to find someplace where poor people or indigenous people or people of color are living.’

Fonda on Saturday called for those in positions to act quickly as she says there is less than a decade to save the planet from the effects of climate change.

‘This is serious. We’ve got about seven, eight years to cut ourselves in half of what we use of fossil fuels, and unfortunately, the people that have the least responsibility for it are hit the hardest,’ she said.

Airport: The iconic actress, 85, who claimed 'white men are to blame for climate crisis' at the festival on Saturday, was seen being wheeled through the terminal by an airport employee after her long-haul flight from France

Airport: The iconic actress, 85, who claimed ‘white men are to blame for climate crisis’ at the festival on Saturday, was seen being wheeled through the terminal by an airport employee after her long-haul flight from France

Global South, people on islands, poor people of color,’ the actress continued.

Her comments came after a question from the audience at the famed film fest.

‘It’s good for us all to realize, there would be no climate crisis if there was no racism. There would be no climate crisis if there was no patriarchy,’ Fonda stated.

‘A mindset that sees things in a hierarchical way. White men are the things that matter and then everything else [is] at the bottom,’ she explained.

The ‘Grace and Frankie’ actor has previously sparked headlines for her head-turning comments on the highly politicized issue.

Back in December Fonda  announced that her cancer is now in remission and has been told by doctors she can discontinue chemotherapy treatment ahead of her 85th birthday next week.

The Barbarella star revealed the happy news to her fans via her website, calling it ‘the best birthday present ever.’

‘Last week I was told by my oncologist that my cancer is in remission and I can discontinue chemo,’ she wrote in a lengthy post.

September post: The star explained that she was receiving chemo, and that she was hopeful for a good outcome

September post: The star explained that she was receiving chemo, and that she was hopeful for a good outcome

In September, Fonda – who has previously battled the disease – announced she had cancer after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but told fans at the time she felt ‘lucky’ as it is ‘very treatable.’

The thrice-married star said in her latest health update: ‘I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate. I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way. I am confident that it played a role in the good news.’

‘I’m especially happy because while my first 4 chemo treatments were rather easy for me, only a few days of being tired, the last chemo session was rough and lasted 2 weeks making it hard to accomplish much of anything.’

Fonda, a two-time Oscar winner, said in September that she was ‘privileged as a celebrity’ and was ‘lucky’ to ‘have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatment.’

She has previously been diagnosed with both breast and skin cancer, and blamed the latter on her past love of sunbathing.

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Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83

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Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has told the PA news agency.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.

“Turner’s musical character has always been a charged combination of mystery as well as light, melancholy mixed with a ferocious vitality that often flirted with danger,” scholar Daphne A Brooks wrote for the Guardian in 2018.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir, and as a teenager talked – or rather, sang – her way into Ike’s band in St Louis: he had declined her request to join until he heard her seize the microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance for a rendition of BB King’s You Know I Love You.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

‘I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy’ … Tina Turner performs at the O2 Arena, London, in 2009. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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Mike Tyson Break Silence On Jamie Foxx’s Health : He’s Suffered A Stroke’

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Boxer Mike Tyson has claimed that actor Jamie Foxx suffered a stroke amid his mystery hospitalisation.

Jamie Foxx was hospitalised with a stroke last month, according to former pro boxing legend Mike Tyson.

The Oscar-winning actor was rushed to hospital in April after reportedly experiencing a “medical complication” whilst filming his upcoming Netflix film, Back in Action.

The 55-year-old has since been discharged from hospital and is continuing to recover at a physical rehabilitation facility.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Valuetainment podcast, Tyson updated fans on Jamie’s health condition.

“He’s not feeling well. They said a stroke. I have no idea what happened to him,’ quipped Tyson on the podcast.

Foxx’s family are yet to reveal what happened to the Oscar-winning actor, but have taken to social media to give periodic updates.

Jamie’s daughter Corinne took to Instagram to update fans on her father and said: “My dad has has been out of the hospital for weeks recuperating.”

“In fact, he was playing pickelball yesterday! Thanks for everyone’s prayers and support,” Corinne added. “We have an exciting work announcement coming next week too!”

Foxx was set to portray Mike Tyson in an upcoming biographical TV series, however Mike revealed that the programme is in limbo following his health.

“Well, it was a possibility. I don’t know what’s going to happen now. But, you know, it’s a strong possibility.”

“If we don’t know by now, they don’t want us to know,” said Tyson.

Jamie is now recovering in Chicago after being hospitalised in Atlanta, Georgia.

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