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Bishop Lamor Whitehead, the flashy Canarsie pastor ideal recognized for his friendship with Mayor Eric Adams and his bizarre job in the Q train shooter’s surrender, claims he was robbed of $1 million in jewellery throughout a sermon past week. “When I saw them arrive into the sanctuary with their guns, I told everybody, ‘Get down,’” Whitehead stated in an Instagram video describing the alleged theft. “I didn’t know if they needed to shoot the church up.” As he tells it, the burglars demanded that Whitehead and his wife convert about all their jewellery, which bundled a $75,000 Rolex view, a $75,000 Cavalier observe, a $25,000 Episcopal ruby-and-diamond ring, and a $25,000 Episcopal diamond ring, amongst other gem-encrusted baubles, in accordance to the New York Publish.
The jewellery and his role at the Leaders of Tomorrow Global Church (and the occasional fugitive negotiation) aside, Whitehead also dabbles in real estate. On Instagram, he boasts about “buying blocks,” posing (in, yes, a Fendi sweater) in entrance of a fifty percent-block-prolonged, 48-unit apartment elaborate in Hartford, Connecticut, that his LLC, Whitehead Estates, acquired in 2021. In January, he was back in entrance of the identical condominium elaborate, promoting actual-estate lessons, But Whitehead Estates doesn’t appear to have a web-site, and the indication-up for the courses was a church electronic mail address.
That’s not the only question about his holdings. When The Metropolis not too long ago visited Whitehead’s dwelling in Paramus, New Jersey, it identified a discover taped to the door that he was in default for a $4.5 million loan he’d taken out on the Hartford residence, which is located at 150–180 Earle Road, in the rundown North East neighborhood. The deal with stated on that personal loan is an apartment in a hire-stabilized intricate in Prospect–Lefferts Gardens that was acquired by a seemingly unaffiliated LLC in 2012. At the time, Whitehead was in Sing Sing, serving a five-yr sentence for his involvement in a $2 million identity-theft scam.
Last 7 days, The Metropolis described that a parishioner was suing Whitehead for thieving her everyday living personal savings of $90,000, which she’d entrusted to him to assist her obtain a residence. She’d experienced trouble finding a property personal loan simply because of poor credit score Whitehead experienced served her son obtain a put to live, and he inspired her to seek out Whitehead’s assist. But the pastor, following having her dollars, allegedly informed her he was managing it as a donation to his campaign for Brooklyn borough president. Past summer season, he accidentally emailed her son a deal to invest in a $4.4 million mansion in Saddle River, New Jersey, despite the fact that the sale in no way went through.
What does he own, then? A additional modest (by comparison) dwelling in Paramus, New Jersey — a six-bed room McMansion that he ordered for $1.64 million in 2019. It has a double-top dwelling place, lots of cherry-stained wooden, and a most important toilet with a Jacuzzi tub overlooking the garden.
Soon after the theft, the pastor posted a lengthy Instagram movie defending his purchasing behavior: “It’s not about me remaining flashy,” he reported. “It’s about me paying for what I want to order. It’s my prerogative to acquire what I want to acquire.” He also blamed the media for publicizing his life style past year, when he attempted to leverage his romance with Adams to negotiate the surrender of alleged subway shooter Andrew Abdullah.