In a lawsuit filed last year, the flamboyant Brooklyn pastor who was mugged of more than $1 million in jewels during a broadcasted religious service was accused of taking $90,000 from a parishioner.
Bishop Lamor Whitehead, noted for his Gucci clothes, diamond-encrusted necklaces, and fleet of expensive vehicles, supposedly has a history of thievery and has even served jail time for identity theft and grand larceny.
According to her Brooklyn Supreme Court case, Pauline Anderson, 56, claimed the Rolls-Royce-driving pastor of persuading her to surrender her life savings and give him a $90,000 “investment” in November 2020 with the assurance that he would purchase and refurbish a home for her.
According to the suit, which was originally published by The City on Thursday, Whitehead also agreed to pay Anderson $100 per month because her funds were her main source of income.
According to the lawsuit, Whitehead, 44, reportedly only made one of the $100 payments to Anderson in January 2021, and when she inquired about the condition of her property in the months that followed, he frequently informed her that he was preoccupied with his electoral campaign for Brooklyn borough president.
The action claims that instead of assisting Anderson in finding a home, Whitehead utilized the monies as a down payment on the contract to acquire a $4.4 million home for himself in Saddle River, New Jersey.
Anderson, who met Whitehead through her son Rasheed Anderson in 2020, only learned about the Saddle River property after Whitehead accidentally sent an email detailing the purchase to Rasheed, according to the suit.
The Saddle River deal fell through. According to The City, Whitehead did purchase a $4.5 million housing complex in Hartford, Connecticut.
According to the lawsuit, Anderson was told she couldn’t receive a mortgage because of her low credit, which is when Whitehead stepped in with his promise to assist.
Given her “reservations” about giving Whitehead the massive amount of money, Anderson went forward with it “because he was a supposed man of the cloth and had previously helped her own son secure housing for himself,” according to the lawsuit.
According to the suit, he eventually informed her that he was investing the money in his business and had no duty to repay it.
According to the complaint, Anderson is seeking $1 million in damages for Whitehead’s “morally reprehensible acts” and for “losing her whole life savings.”
The case is still being reviewed.