Karma has long been compared to a female dog, and, sometimes, when she bites, it’s hard not to smile just a little bit.
Such is the case with Brooklyn’s “bling bling bishop,” Bishop Lamor Whitehead of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries, who, as BizPac Review reported, had a fortune in jewels taken from him in the middle of a sermon.
Police indicated that more than $400,000 in flashy jewels were taken from Whitehead and his wife by the thugs, who reportedly brandished guns while Whitehead handed over his expensive accessories.
The suspects then fled the frightened church in a white Mercedes, according to police, who added they have the license plate and witnesses who saw the men changing clothes outside.
No one was hurt in the heist.
Had they been, no amount of Karmic Justice could elicit even the smallest of snickers.
Flashy NYC ‘bling, bling bishop’ robbed at gunpoint in $400K jewelry heist while preaching church service https://t.co/SlWmXIJYpF pic.twitter.com/2z8xUWqynq
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 26, 2022
But when the New York Post, which values the stolen jewels at more than a million dollars, reports that Whitehead has allegedly robbed one of his congregants of her life savings, how do you not throw Karma a Scooby Snack?
A lawsuit filed last year reveals that Whitehead, who is known for bedazzling himself with Gucci and diamonds, allegedly convinced Pauline Anderson, 56, to liquidate her life savings in November 2020 and hand him a $90,000 “investment.” In return, says the Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit, Whitehead promised he would buy Anderson a home and renovate it for her.
As the savings was Anderson’s only source of income, Whitehead also agreed to pay her $100 per month, the lawsuit claims.
In January 2021, Anderson says she received her one and only $100 payment. At the time, Whitehead was running for Brooklyn borough president, and, in the ensuing months, whenever his trusting parishioner inquired about the home she was promised, the bishop stated he was busy with his campaign.
While Anderson never did provide Anderson with a home, the lawsuit alleges he did end up trying to use her money as a down payment on a contract to buy himself new digs: a $4.4 million home in Saddle River, New Jersey.
While the Saddle River deal fell through, Whitehead was able to buy a $4.5 million apartment complex in Hartford, Conn.
According to the court filing, Anderson agreed to give Whitehead the money after being introduced to him by her son, Rasheed, in 2020.
Despite her “reservations,” Anderson trusted Whitehead “because he was a supposed man of the cloth and had previously helped her son secure housing for himself,” the lawsuit alleges.
After taking her money, the suit claims, Whitehead allegedly told Anderson he was investing her savings in his company and was under no obligation to give it back.
“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,” the suit contends.
Her case against the flamboyant bishop is currently pending.
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