‘Bling Bishop’ Lamor Whitehead went into hiding in NJ McMansion after federal rap

Controversial Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead was holed up in a gaudy McMansion in New Jersey on Tuesday, a day after he faced federal charges over alleged fraud by a member of his congregation.

Whitehead, 44, briefly emerged from the sprawling, two-story brick home to tell a Post reporter to get out — and yelled, “Not guilty!” after pressure over the allegations made by Manhattan federal prosecutors on Monday .

“Anyone who has been arrested is not guilty,” said Whitehead, who wore designer clothes including Gucci shoes and a large belt, also from the luxury label. “OK brother?”

At one point, a black Chevy Suburban pulled up right outside the mansion’s door for Whitehead to jump in unnoticed — only to return moments later because he’d forgotten something in the house.

A white Rolls-Royce SUV and a white Mercedes G-Wagen were also parked in the driveway of the Paramus, NJ mansion.

Paramus police were later called to the home, went in to speak to Whitehead, and then told the Post, “He said he doesn’t want to talk to you guys.”

The high-profile Brooklyn pastor, who made headlines earlier this year when he was robbed at gunpoint during a sermon, was charged Monday with allegedly cheating a parishioner out of $90,000 and blowing it up for luxury goods.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead's home.
Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead holed himself up in his Paramus McMansion on Tuesday, a day after he was charged with racketeering.
Brooklyn pastor Lamor Whitehead.
Controversial Brooklyn pastor Lamor Whitehead usually drives around town in a Rolls-Royce, wearing designer suits and custom jewelry.
Paul Martinka

The parishioner told the FBI that Whitehead promised her he would use the money to buy her a home — a promise he allegedly never fulfilled.

He also faces racketeering charges in another scam, in which he allegedly received $5,000 from a local businessman and asked for a $500,000 loan, promising to use his influence to get “favorable action” from the City to reach for real estate transactions.

Whitehead, who drives around in a Rolls-Royce and usually wears glittery jewelry, faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted.

He pleaded not guilty to his charges and was released on $500,000 bail.

Lamor Whitehead and Eric Adams.
Brooklyn Pastor Lamor Whitehead boasts of his connections to Mayor Eric Adams.
Brooklyn pastor Lamor Whitehead.
Dawn Florio, the attorney for Brooklyn Pastor Lamor Whitehead, claims her client is being unfairly attacked.
Gregory P. Mango

His attorney, Dawn Florio, denied the allegations outside the courthouse.

“We will vigorously defend these allegations,” Florio said. “We feel like he’s being targeted and turned from a victim into a villain.”

The flamboyant pastor has ties to Mayor Eric Adams, but was also convicted of identity theft in 2006 for using victims’ personal information to buy cars and motorcycles.

He was sentenced to 30 years in state prison but was released in 2013 for good behavior.

Whitehead is also named in a number of civil lawsuits, including one filed by a former campaign worker who alleges the bishop extorted $56,000 from him.

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