Bishop Lamor Whitehead has a lot of real estate. Where is it?

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Bishop Lamor Whitehead, the flashy Canarsie pastor best known for his friendship with Mayor Eric Adams and his bizarre role in the surrender of the Q train shooter, claims he was robbed $1 million in jewelry in a sermon last week. “When I saw them entering the sanctuary with their weapons, I said to everyone, ‘Get down,'” Whitehead said in an Instagram video describing the alleged theft. “I didn’t know if they wanted to shoot at the church.” As he recounts, the thieves demanded that Whitehead and his wife hand over all of their jewelry, which included a $75,000 Rolex watch, a $75,000 Cavalier watch, a $25,000 ruby ​​and diamond Episcopal ring and a $25,000 Episcopal diamond ring, among others. gemstone encrusted balls, depending on the New York Job.

Jewelry and its role in International Church Leaders of Tomorrow (and the occasional fleeting negotiation) aside, Whitehead also dabbles in real estate. On Instagram, he brags about having “bought blocks”, posing (in, yes, a Fendi sweater) in front of a 48-unit, half-block-long apartment complex in Hartford, Connecticut, that his LLC, Whitehead Estates, bought in 2021. Back in January it was back outside the same apartment complex, advertising real estate courses, but Whitehead Estates doesn’t appear to have a website, and the course signup was an email address from the church.

That’s not the only question about his holdings. When The city recently visited Whitehead’s home in Paramus, New Jersey, he found a notice taped to the door that he was in default on a $4.5 million loan he took out on the Hartford property, which is located at 150-180 Earle Street, in the Northeast Rundown District. The address listed on this loan is an apartment in a rent-stabilized complex in Prospect – Lefferts Gardens which was bought by a seemingly unaffiliated LLC in 2012. At the time, Whitehead was at Sing Sing, serving a five-year sentence for his involvement in a $2 million identity theft scam.

Last week, The city reports that a parishioner was suing Whitehead for stealing her savings of $90,000, which she had entrusted to him to help buy a house. She had struggled to get a home loan because of bad credit; Whitehead had helped her son find a place to live, and he encouraged her to seek Whitehead’s help. But the pastor, after taking his money, reportedly told him he considered it a donation to his campaign for Brooklyn borough president. Last summer, he accidentally sent his son a contract to buy a $4.4 million mansion in Saddle River, New Jersey, although the sale never happened.

What Is belongs to him, then? A more modest (by comparison) home in Paramus, New Jersey — a six-bedroom McMansion he bought for $1.64 million in 2019. It has a double-height living room, lots of cherry-stained wood, and a master bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub overlooking the courtyard.

After the robbery, the pastor posted a lengthy video on Instagram defending his shopping habits: “It’s not about me being flashy,” he said. “For me, it’s about buying what I want to buy. It’s my prerogative to buy what I want to buy. He also has blame the media for publicizing his lifestyle last year when he tried to leverage his relationship with Adams to negotiate the surrender of suspected subway gunman Andrew Abdullah.