Pastor Lamor Whitehead Has Been Convicted of Fraud, Attempted Extortion, and Lying to the FBI; Faces Decades in Prison

Lamor Whitehead in an orange Balenciaga suit speaks into a microphone during a sermon.

Whitehead was found guilty of wire fraud, attempted extortion, lying to the FBI and other charges in Manhattan federal court Monday.


Pastor Lamor Whitehead, Pastor of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in New York, Who Has Been Referred to as the “Bling Bishop,” Has Been Convicted of Fraud, Attempted Extortion, and Lying to the FBI. Whitehead Could Face Decades in Prison. He is Scheduled to be Sentenced on July 1.

Brooklyn’s notoriously flashy pastor Lamor Whitehead was convicted Monday of fraud, attempted extortion and lying to the FBI for bilking an elderly woman out of her retirement savings and using his ties with the mayor to try to extort a Bronx business owner.

A Manhattan jury found Whitehead — who’s known for wearing designer suits, ostentatious jewelry and bold eyewear — guilty of all counts, including wire fraud, attempted wire fraud and attempted extortion.

The church leader scammed Pauline Anderson, the elderly mother of a parishioner, out of $90,000 and tried to extort thousands more from a Bronx auto body shop owner with promises to obtain “official favors” from Mayor Eric Adams on his behalf, federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors opened the trial last month by calling Whitehead a “conman who told lie after lie to victim after victim.”

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