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Brooklyn pastor who bragged about ties to New York’s mayor gets nine years in prison for years of fraud

Brooklyn pastor who bragged about ties to New York’s mayor gets nine years in prison for years of fraud

A notable Brooklyn pastor who forfeited ties to New York City’s mayor has been sentenced to nine years in prison for multiple fraud counts

NEW YORK – A notable Brooklyn preacher with ties to New York City’s mayor was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for multiple fraud counts.

Lamor Miller-Whitehead, 45, of Paramus, New Jersey, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who said she saw no meaningful remorse from the Rolls Royce-driving Bishop convicted of getting rid of a parishioner of $90,000 in retirement savings, among other scams.

In a lengthy statement, Miller-Whitehead claimed he was “deeply remorseful” but boasted of his good deeds for his community and expressed regret over his trial, prompting the judge to interrupt with a reminder that the conviction was not the time has come to retry the case. case.

“The jury has heard the evidence. The jury has given its verdict,” she said.

In March, a jury convicted Miller-Whitehead of all charges, including wire fraud, attempted extortion and making false statements. Schofield said the pastor committed perjury when he testified.

She said a significant prison sentence was necessary because there was a high likelihood that Miller-Whitehead would commit crimes in the future, especially since previous convictions for similar crimes did not prevent him from committing further crimes.

“You don’t seem to realize the impact of your crimes,” Schofield said.

“Your Honor, I am an honorable man and my children need me,” he said as he asked to be spared a prison sentence and requested to become the “model child of a new opportunity.”

Miller-Whitehead developed a friendship with Mayor Eric Adams while Adams was Brooklyn’s borough president before being elected to the city’s top job. Prosecutors alleged that Miller-Whitehead used the Adams name to commit fraud and attempt extortion. Adams was not accused of any wrongdoing in the case.

Miller-Whitehead mentioned Adams during his remarks before the verdict was announced.

Asked about the verdict during an unrelated news briefing Monday, Adams said: “Bishop Whitehead is in my prayers and I wish the best for him.”

Miller-Whitehead became a religious figure in 2013 when he founded the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries. He was also known to wear designer clothes and was once the victim of a robbery when $1 million worth of jewelry was stolen from him by armed men who surprised him during a church service.

Although he preached primarily in Brooklyn, he owned a $1.6 million home in Paramus, New Jersey, and an apartment in Hartford, Connecticut.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Derek Wikstrom asked for a sentence of more than 12 years in prison, saying Miller-Whitehead defrauded major financial institutions and the parishioner who lost her life savings.

“He didn’t discriminate. He deceived everyone,” Wikstrom said.

Miller-Whitehead, Wikstrom said, “lied and he stole again and again.”

‘He can’t stop stealing. He won’t stop lying,” the prosecutor said. “This is who the suspect is.”

Wikstrom said Miller-Whitehead had a “psychological inability” to accept that he committed crimes and should be punished.

In addition to the prison sentence, Miller-Whitehead was also ordered to pay $85,000 in restitution and forfeit $95,000.

His attorney, Dawn Florio, had urged no jail time, citing her client’s charitable works and saying, “You can’t ignore everything he’s done in the community.”

If it weren’t for those good works, the judge said, Miller-Whitehead’s prison sentence would have been longer.