In a lawsuit filed last year, the flashy Brooklyn pastor who was robbed of more than $1 million in jewelry during a live-streamed church service was accused of stealing $90,000 from a congregant.
Bishop Lamor Whitehead, known for his Gucci suits, diamond-encrusted chains, and stable of luxury vehicles, allegedly has a history of thievery and has even served time in prison for identity theft and grand larceny.
According to her Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit, Pauline Anderson, 56, accused the Rolls-Royce-driving clergyman of convincing her to liquidate her life savings and pay him a $90,000 “investment” in November 2020 with the promise that he would buy and renovate a home for her.
According to the suit, which was first reported by The City on Thursday, Whitehead also agreed to pay Anderson $100 per month because her savings were her only source of income.
According to the lawsuit, Whitehead, 44, allegedly only made one of the $100 payments to Anderson in January 2021, and when she inquired about the status of her home in the following months, he repeatedly told her that he was preoccupied with his election campaign for Brooklyn Borough President.
The suit claims that instead of assisting Anderson in finding a home, Whitehead used the funds as a down payment on the contract to purchase 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 home after Whitehead accidentally sent an email about the purchase to Rasheed, according to the lawsuit.
The Saddle River purchase fell through. According to The City, Whitehead did purchase a $4.5 million apartment complex in Hartford, Connecticut.
According to the lawsuit, Anderson was told she couldn’t get a mortgage because of her bad credit, which is when Whitehead stepped in with his offer to assist.
Despite her “reservations” about giving Whitehead the large sum, Anderson went ahead 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 later told her that he was investing the money in his company and had no obligation to repay it.
“Ms. Anderson was instead left with nothing more than Mr. Whitehead’s vague promise to repay the funds in the future, followed by an assertion that he had no further obligation to do so,” the filing charges.
Anderson is suing for $1 million in damages for Whitehead’s “morally reprehensible acts,” as well as for “losing her entire life savings,” according to the filing.
The case is still being heard.
According to court records, Whitehead has not filed any papers in the case, nor has a lawyer appeared on his behalf.
The flamboyant pastor has known Mayor Eric Adams since at least 2013, and he most recently made headlines in May when he attempted to negotiate the surrender of an accused subway shooter and claimed to have spoken with Hizzoner while the suspect was still on the loose.
On Sunday, Whitehead was approached during a service at Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Canarsie by three gun-wielding men who stole a trove of items, including a $75,000 Rolex watch.
Later, he defended his lifestyle, claiming that his public displays of wealth did not lead to the gunpoint robbery, despite criticism that his “blinged-out” appearance made him an outsize target.
Whitehead did not respond to a message left at the congregation on Thursday.
Anderson’s attorneys declined to comment because the lawsuit is still ongoing.