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Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer Michael Winans Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison

BY ADMIN IN CHRISTIAN NEWS · FEBRUARY 28, 2013 · NO COMMENTS

Michael Winans Jr., a member of a well known gospel music family and a onetime Grammy nominee, was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years and 9 months in prison for defrauding more than 1,200 investors in an $8 million dollar pyramid scheme. He was also ordered to pay his victims $4.8 million in restitution.

Winans was blasted by the judge, Sean Cox, and federal prosecutor, Abed Hammoud, for using his family’s name and his Christian faith to ruin the lives of numerous churchgoers in a financial scam.

Judge Cox said that Winans took advantage of “good, decent, church-going people.” He went on to say, “That is very, very troubling to me…You used…churches to perpetuate this fraud.”

Hammoud, Assistant U.S. Attorney, said of Winans: “He used religion. He used the church, the good reputation of the family,” to rob victims. He went on to add in the sentencing memo that Winans led “investors…to believe they were investing in Saudi Arabian crude oil bonds that he well knew did not exist.”

Winans pled guilty in October to wire fraud. Prosecutors said in court filings that “he clearly abused the fact that he came from a very well known family with a good reputation in order to induce people to invest with him.”

In his address to the court, Winans acknowledged that “I did make mistakes.” I caused “financial and emotional damage. For that I repent,” Winans told the judge.

Winans is the grandson of David (Pop) Winans Sr. and the nephew of Marvin Winans, the pastor of Perfecting Church in Detroit who is known nationally for his gospel music. Marvin Winans, who gave the eulogy last year at Whitney Houston’s funeral, was in the courtroom today. He did not comment.

At the sentencing, there were also several victims of the pyramid scheme, some of whom cried. In many cases, people fooled by Winans convinced loved ones to give money. Some lost their homes, their college tuition money, and the trust of ones close to them.

18 Responses to JAH WILL NOT BE MOCKED!

  • Fyahwife says:

    An a dem say church :travel

  • Anonymous says:

    …..Winans led “investors…to believe they were investing in Saudi Arabian crude oil bonds that he well knew did not exist.”

    ……Judge Cox said that Winans took advantage of “good, decent, church-going people.”

    What? “these good, decent, church-going people” wanted to be taken advantage of, or they like every other non church going people were just plain GREEDY……how di fck could you as a chruch goer possibly think that you were giving your money was being invested in “Saudi Arabian crude oil bonds” ???????

    Winans did not take advantage of anyone that did not want to be taken advantage of…..nuh worry though Winans, yu an Kartel soon du road…….

  • LUNDUN says:

    not because your a christian it doesn’t mean your not supposed to set yourself up financially.

    he took advantage of these people, using their trust that they had in the lord. he got what he deserved.

  • kia NUNYABIZNIZ bubblez says:

    a fool an his money will soon part *sumn like dat it guh* is weh dis yah man wuda get access to saudi arabian crude oil bonds??? of course him well kno dem neva exist but dem deh stoopid greedy ppl shuda kno dat tooooooo nuh even saudi arabian horsey him prolly eva si

  • Hotstepper...formerly peeper says:

    lots of people make their money by investing in stocks and bonds, so you will not easily know who is taking you for a ride…especially when it is someone that you trust, u nah think dem ago teef u money…usually they prey on friends and family and it is not rite, not that is rite to steal from others either….dem fi beat him ass, some a dem people him teef from gooda give him dem last….WICKED

  • Observer says:

    Good afternoon met and metters :peluk

    OMG I listened to thisman numerous times wow jail nuffy miss em wicked.

  • LadyWoW says:

    WOW U CYAN TRUST ANYBODY

  • Phat Rabbit says:

    I’m kind of torn on if I feel sorry for the victims. Bcoz to me dem church ppl yah all dem preach is bout money and ah talk bout highly favored. They are very materialistic and seem so money hungry. So as they see the leader living a certain way, they want the same thing. Mi go one church and mi almost get lost innah di bathroom di way di church big and mi tell mi husband mi nah come back ah dah church yah, di way how dem galang and preach and rail up bout money mi seh nope, not me.

  • Met says:

    dem waa u pay dem fi a gift whey God give dem free…impossible..so dem cudda highly flavored or favored…God will roast dem if dem mock him..

  • Phat Rabbit says:

    Fi real Met. Dem ppl yah mek mi fraid coz yuh know know who fi trust.

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Just last week it was Jesse Jackson’s son, Jesse Jackson Jr, now this Winans bwoy smh.

  • Met says:

    Phat people go church and dem have so much collection a pick up that dem all spend more time collecting dan preaching …each collection come wid a story behind it whey doe have nothing fi do wid sunday lesson

  • Phat Rabbit says:

    Thank you!!! Mi seh dem haffi sing and all kinda tings like dem ah try gimmicks yuh. Mi haffi give the church money to get my blessings?? That really boils my skin and then I leave church with nothing spiritually to uplift me or bring me closer to God.

  • Met says:

    phat a di devil a bring nuff a dem pastor deh

  • Phat Rabbit says:

    I agree. I was watching one ah dem investigative shows and di Pastor and his girlfriend got his son to kill his wife for the insurance money after him done teef up di money wha di city gi him fi fix up di church. And him set di church pon fire fi dat deh insurance money too.

  • DFDR says:

    HE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF “WOLF IN SHEEP CLOTHING” IT IS NOT EVERYBODY U SEE DRESS DECENT AND GO CHURCH IS OF JAH, NUFF A DEM A HYPROCRITE, THEM USE THE CHURCH FI FOOL PEOPLE!!!
    THE CHURCH DEM HAVE NUFF GINNAL THEREFORE TRUE WORSHIPPERS MUST BEWARE CAUSE THE BIBLE SAY “TRUST NO ONE” PUT ALL YOUR TRUST IN THE MOST HI JAH!!!

  • Kremlin4life says:

    Phat rabbit n met a so me n me mom go one Allen church FI a christening n me a tell u d amount a time d collection plate go round me get mad n lef cau me sure a one tenth me FI give. Wen me a leave a lady stop me n ask where me going me tell har me leave all unu judas by unu self, d woman say she a rebuke me all me do a tell har me Nuh haffi go church FI praise d lord so me will stay home cau me Nuh have time FI d judas ting, all my mother do a shake har head n lef Me

  • Jules says:

    Plenty a congregations hab dem Michael Winans eena it. Some a dem juss fi preserve di religion and avoid di scandal dem nuh guh public, but trust dat a nuff a dat a gwan.

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