Brooklyn’s Politically-Connected ‘Bling Bishop’ Gets 9 Years For Swindling Life Savings

Lamor Whitehead, the politically connected Brooklyn pastor and self-described mentee of New York City Democrat Mayor Adams dubbed the “Bling Bishop” for his flamboyant lifestyle, was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for swindling a parishioner’s mother out of her life savings and other scams.

Manhattan federal court Judge Lorna Schofield handed down the term after hearing from financially destroyed victims.

Schofield, who also ordered Whitehead to pay $85,000 in restitution and forfeit $95,000, said Whitehead’s crimes were dishonest, “any one” of which “would warrant a substantial sentence.”

“I know you stated you’re remorseful, but I don’t see any remorse for your conduct,” Judge Schofield said.

Schofield said she’d read letters praising Whitehead’s positive impact as a church leader and a father, but she said they didn’t erase his fraud.

She described the evidence as “frankly overwhelming” in one of the schemes that saw him submit fraudulent applications to obtain millions of dollars in loans, said she believed he’d perjured himself when he took the stand, and that she was troubled by the nature of his crimes mirroring those he was convicted of decades ago. 

“You don’t seem to have an appreciation of the impact of your crimes or in some ways the facts,” the judge said.

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