Arrested: Darrell Wayne Blair, 43, founder and pastor, New Breed Christian Center, Forth Worth, Texas; student, Southern Bible Institute, Dallas; and gospel singer (with “Kirk Franklin and the Family”); “after a woman reported to Crowley police that he sexually assaulted her several times when she was a teenager,” according to the Star-Telegram, which cites a police report stating that the woman “said she kept quiet because Blair owned a gun and convinced her that no one would believe her. She filed a complaint, she said, because ‘only now as an adult could she find the strength to face him.’” Blair is currently free on $25,000 bail.
Among other claims, Blair’s page on the church website states: “His preaching ministry is combined with a prophetic anointing, designed to deliver a Rhema Word, and destroy yokes in the lives of those who have been held captive by the very hands of the enemy. Pastor Blair felt lead of God in the fall of 2010 to submit himself to the leadership and covering of Bishop-Elect Marivn [sic] L. Winans, Sr. and align himself with Perfecting Fellowship International (PFI). He is also mentored and affiliated with Bishop I.V. Hillard and the Association of Independent Ministries known as the Aim Fellowship. … Pastor Darrell Blair being fully persuaded of his call in Christ Jesus has been anointed to deliver the Word of God through singing, teaching, and preaching. His life is grounded by the love of his life and ministry partner LaTonja Blair. As with ministry they share in raising their 2 wonderful children Lyric and Zion.” Story: Star-Telegram, September 12, 2012
Sentenced: Kesha Fortune-Haynie, 41, co-pastor with her husband and Chico City Council candidate Vince Haynie, of Rhema Word of Faith Empowerment Ministries (affiliated with “prosperity gospel” televangelist Frederick K. C. Price), Chico, California, “to three years and 10 months in prison for two counts of mail fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Haynie was convicted by a jury on March 28, 2012 after a six-day trial.
According to testimony presented at trial, Haynie operated Empire Mortgage in Chico. From April 2007 through December 2007, Haynie originated fraudulent loan applications in connection with a cash-back to buyer mortgage fraud scheme. Evidence showed that Haynie promised homebuyers kickbacks from a Chico homebuilder in exchange for purchasing homes. The day after the close of escrow, the homebuilder would write checks averaging $41,000 to the conspirators. Haynie and her co-conspirators would then pay the buyers up to $29,000 of the kickbacks and divide the remainder among themselves. The kickbacks were not disclosed to lenders, escrow officers, or home appraisers. Evidence also showed that Haynie participated in submitting false documents to mortgage lenders in order to obtain the loans.”
Fortune-Haynie’s brother and co-conspirator, Niche Savon Fortune, 39, was sentenced in April to four years and nine months in prison plus three years’ supervised release for his role in the scheme. Story: Conservative Babylon, April 12, 2012; FBI Sacramento, September 14, 2012
Acquitted: Harold Markham, 46, former pastor, Norway Baptist Church, Norway, Michigan, of all charges of repeated sexual assault of a child, battery and disorderly conduct, stemming from alleged incidents involving a 14-year-old girl during the summer of 2007. UpperMichigansSource.com reports: “The Assistant District Attorney Kent Hoffmann said that although he was disappointed with the decision, he respects it. He also added that for the nature of the case, the [three-hour jury] deliberation was about average.” Story: Conservative Babylon, February 24, 2012; UpperMichigansSource.com, September 13, 2012; UpperMichigansSource.com, September 14, 2012
Charged: Everett Seay, 61, City Councilmember, Pontiac, Michigan; trustee, Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church; “with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery, drug-related offenses, and aiding and abetting,” according to United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. “At the time of the alleged offenses, Seay was a Pontiac city councilman. Also charged, in a separate information, were Richard Clanagan, 69, formerly of Pontiac (a friend, associate, and political advisor of Everett Seay), and Roscoe Johnson, 45, of Detroit (also a friend and associate of Seay’s).
“Court documents allege that from May, 2008 through December, 2009, Seay used his position as a councilman to corruptly solicit, demand, and accept money from a businessman interested in setting up a money handling business in the City of Pontiac. Seay did this with the assistance of Clanagan and Johnson. The money was intended to pay Seay for his help in obtaining any necessary legal authorization to do business in Pontiac. Unknown to the defendants, the businessman was actually an undercover FBI agent. During conversations with undercover agents, Seay was informed that the businessman was really a drug dealer who wanted to establish a business in Pontiac to launder proceeds of his unlawful drug trafficking operation.
“It is further alleged that the businessman sought and obtained the assistance of Seay in transporting a shipment of 16 kilograms of what Seay believed to be cocaine. In reality it was sham cocaine.
“Despite knowing the illegal nature of the business, Seay received and accepted approximately $25,000 for his help in getting the city council to approve the business establishment in the city of Pontiac and $15,000 for his assistance in transporting the shipment of sham cocaine. …
“The criminal charges against Everett Seay carry a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the bribery charges and a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years to life and a fine of up to $10,000,000 on the drug related charges.” Story: FBI Detroit, September 17, 2012; United States v. Everett Seay, September 17, 2012
Charged: Five employees of Victory Christian Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma: Charica Dene Daugherty, 27, assistant senior high youth pastor and wife of co-defendant John Samuel Daugherty, 28, senior high youth pastor and son of church founders-pastors Sharon Daugherty the late Billy Joe Daugherty; Harold Frank Sullivan, 73, human resources director; Paul Willemstein, 32, associate youth pastor; and Anna George, 24, high school outreach program director; each on one misdemeanor count of failure to report allegations of child sex abuse against former Victory Christian employee and Camp Victory staff member Chris Denman, 20, who was arrested earlier this month and charged with one count each of rape and forcible sodomy allegedly committed against a 13-year-old girl. The five reportedly knew of the allegations on August 15th, but not one contacted police, or the girl’s parents, until August 30th. All have since bonded out of jail.
Reports Tulsa World: “Also charged Monday was former Victory Christian employee Israel Shalom Castillo,” a custodian and also a Camp Victory staff member, “who faces felony charges of making a lewd or indecent proposal to a child and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime. … Castillo, 23, is alleged to have had ‘a sexual indiscretion’ with a 15-year-old girl, records show. He also was fired, court records state.” As of September 17th, a warrant was open for his arrest. Story: Conservative Babylon, September 8, 2012; KRMG, September 17, 2012; Fox 23, September 17, 2012; News On 6, September 17, 2012; Tulsa World, September 18, 2012; News On 6, September 18, 2012; State of Oklahoma v. Paul Wilemstein [sic], Anna George,Harold F. (Frank) Sullivan, Charica Dene Daugherty, and John Samuel Daugherty, Oklahoma State Courts Network, September 17, 2012
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