The Brooklyn vicar, who on Tuesday made a failed attempt to arrange the surrender of the suspected Q-Train shooter, is an ex-convict with ties to Mayor Eric Adams, who the controversial minister reportedly spoke to while the suspect was on was walking free.
Rolls-Royce-driving Bishop Lamor Whitehead was serving a five-year sentence on multiple counts of identity fraud and grand larceny and was released in 2013 before developing a relationship with Adams.
Whitehead of Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches in Canarsie has performed at more than a dozen high-profile events that Adams attended while he served as Brooklyn Borough President for eight years before being elected mayor in 2021.
The Post reported in 2016 that Whitehead was helped by public support proclaimed by the retired NYPD captain, who introduced him as “my good friend and good brother” at a concert in East Flatbush that year.
Whitehead – who was arrested in 2006 for a $2 million identity theft – used the local spotlight Adams provided to raise money for Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn, a for-profit company he founded in early 2014 that owns himself referred to as youth mentoring non-benefit.
But in November 2014, the Brooklyn Attorney’s Office sent Whitehead a cease-and-desist letter after he promoted a cooperative justice initiative with the prosecutor that didn’t actually exist. The NYPD and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce also objected to Whitehead’s claims that they were collaborating with his group on initiatives.
Whitehead’s legal troubles didn’t stop either after serving five years behind bars at Sing Sing.
On July 1, 2015, Whitehead was arrested for allegedly hitting his then 7-year-old son, according to a parole violation “release report” previously obtained by The Post. The case was dropped after officials found no probable cause for prosecution, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Service.
Months later, Whitehead was arrested in Uniondale, LI, for violating a protective order, according to Nassau County Police.
And as The Post reported in 2016, Whitehead was spotted cruising through Brooklyn in a Maserati and a Bentley — despite owing $261,000 on a pending 2009 court judgment over an unpaid personal loan.
The more recent legal troubles came after the stolen Land Rover driving scammer was arrested by Manhattan police in 2006 on a $2 million identity theft using the names of Brooklynites and Long Islanders.
The then 27-year-old New Jersey resident was charged with 10 counts of identity theft for allegedly assaulting five victims in Suffolk County for a total of $250,000. Police believe he swindled about $500,000 in Brooklyn by stealing identities and obtaining lines of credit from financial institutions.
At the Teaneck home, cops found a stolen 9mm pistol and a bulletproof vest, a detective revealed at the time.
Brian Etta, a former Adams campaign volunteer who separately sued Whitehead in 2007, told The Post in 2016, “I’m surprised by what I know about Eric [Adams] …that he would have connected a guy like Lamor Whitehead in any way, much less closely.”
Still, Adams stood by Whitehead, who was ordained a bishop in January 2016, and compared the minister’s criminal record to his own arrest as a teenager when he was brutally beaten by NYPD officers in one county after entering the home of a sex worker in Queens collapsed.
“I was arrested at the age of 15 … and because people hugged me when I was arrested, I hug Lamor Whitehead,” Adams said during a news conference in November 2016. “I will continue to give him the support and guidance that was given to me to become a police officer, a senator and a district president.”
When asked about the bishop accused of hitting his 7-year-old son, Adams replied that Whitehead had not been prosecuted and the charges were dropped.
“We don’t find people guilty because of their opinion, but by the largest criminal justice system known to man,” the BP said at the time. “So he didn’t do it.”
More recently, the Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches pastor has repeatedly praised Adams on social media.
Last year, Whitehead repeatedly referred to the then-mayoral candidate as a “mentor and friend” on his Instagram account of 1.6 million followers as he urged his followers to vote for Adams.
“Happy birthday to my mentor, friend and someone who I can say is really helping me grow into a man!” he gushed on July 7, the day after he was declared the winner of the Democratic mayoral election.
“Today is Election Day🔥🔥🔥 I need everyone to go out and vote NYC FOR MY MENTOR AND FRIEND ERIC ADAMS @ericadamsfornyc,” he posted on November 2nd, the day of the general election. “He taught me a lot and I think he’s the man for the job.”
His prolific Instagram presence also included an October 2021 post in which he wrote, “Homosexuality should not be allowed in the pulpit,” while promoting an afternoon Instagram live session.
The Brooklyn minister also launched a political career of his own, leading an unsuccessful candidacy for Brooklyn Borough President, a position now held by former City Councilman Antonio Reynoso.
On Tuesday, Whitehead helped orchestrate the surrender of Andrew Abdullah, a 25-year-old repeat offender. Abdullah, who previously had 19 arrests, was first named Monday as a person interested in the arbitrary killing of banker Daniel Enriquez on Sunday morning.
Authorities announced hours later that Abdullah was charged with murder in the assassination.
A rep for Adams declined to comment on his recent relationship with Whitehead.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan and Reuven Fenton
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