Dispute swirls around Jinwright insurance policies

Dispute swirls around Jinwright insurance policies

A bankruptcy court judge has been asked to decide the fate of two life insurance policies taken out by Greater Salem Church on its former co-pastors, Anthony and Harriet Jinwright.

Jinwrights are sentenced to prison

Jinwrights are sentenced to prison

A federal judge late Thursday sentenced Bishop Anthony Jinwright to nearly nine years in prison for conspiracy and tax evasion. His wife, Harriet Jinwright, was sentenced to nearly seven years.

Jinwright sentencing will stretch into second day

Last update: 8:47 p.m.

Judge Frank Whitney said he wants to get through all character witnesses today. At least one traveled from South Africa.

Sentencing day for the Jinwrights

Sentencing day for the Jinwrights

Seven months after they were convicted on multiple counts related to conspiracy and tax evasion, pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright arrived today at the federal courthouse in uptown Charlotte to be sentenced.

4 character witnesses called as Jinwright testimony ends

4 character witnesses called as Jinwright testimony ends

The witnesses, all members of Greater Salem City of God, described their pastor as a compassionate and humble man.

Jinwright faces a tough cross-examination

Jinwright faces a tough cross-examination

In less than 30-minutes of questioning Wednesday, a federal prosecutor sought to attack the credibility of Anthony Jinwright.

Jinwright takes the stand: 'I have a lot of regrets'

Jinwright takes the stand: 'I have a lot of regrets'

BREAKING NEWS: The pastor of Greater Salem City of God said he never meant to defraud the government.

Prosecutors now say Jinwrights owe $664,352

As its final witness Monday, the government called an IRS agent who recalculated the amounts the Jinwrights allegedly concealed in income and owe in back taxes.

Day 13 in the Jinwright trial

UPDATE: A former finance administrator at Greater Salem City of God said the church obtained a line of credit to give Pastor Anthony Jinwright a $50,000 pay raise.

Government may rest today in Jinwright trial

Government may rest today in Jinwright trial

Judge still must decide whether to allow defense teams to call three expert witnesses.

An accountant said he walked away from Greater Salem

An accountant said he walked away from Greater Salem

In testimony Thursday, an Atlanta CPA said the Charlotte church never implemented the financial controls he suggested.

Day 10 in the Jinwright trial

Last update at 1:30 p.m: The Jinwrights' tax preparer says he was kept in the dark about income. Two tax refund requests totaling $151,428. A juror reports being sick.

Witness: Jinwrights took church credit cards to Vegas

Witness: Jinwrights took church credit cards to Vegas

A former finance administrator at Greater Salem City of God said Anthony and Harriet Jinwright charged thousands to the church account.

Jinwright trial may go extra innings

Jinwright trial may go extra innings

DAILY UPDATE: The government says it plans to call more than 50 witnesses. Fewer than 20 have testified so far.

Church deacon said she forged checks given to Jinwrights

Church deacon said she forged checks given to Jinwrights

Jacquline Joiner Jones, a member of Greater Salem City of God for 17 years, said she forged other members' names onto 23 checks and gave them to pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright.

Day 2 in the Jinwright trial

Day 2 in the Jinwright trial

Daily updates: A Farmville preacher is called to testify about "love offerings" given to Bishop Anthony and Harriet Jinwright.

Day 1 in the Jinwright trial

Day 1 in the Jinwright trial

Bishop Anthony Jinwright and his wife, Harriet, arrived separately at federal court today. Opening arguments in their tax-evasion case were scheduled for 8:30 a.m. 

Jinwright trial set to begin today

Jinwright trial set to begin today

The government's tax evasion case against Bishop Anthony Jinwright and his wife, Harriet, will hinge on several key issues. Jury selection is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Judge: Jinwrights must live apart

Judge: Jinwrights must live apart

Bishop Anthony Jinwright and his wife, Harriet, were “involved in a continuing conspiracy” while awaiting trial on tax evasion charges, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Feds begin seizing Jinwright assets

Feds begin seizing Jinwright assets

As of March 4, the government had seized cash accounts totaling more than $44,000 from former co-pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright, who were convicted last year of tax evasion.

Pittenger testifies as Jinwright character witness

Pittenger testifies as Jinwright character witness

The former N.C. state senator said he met Bishop Anthony Jinwright in the late 1980s and never saw him "demonstrate a lack of moral integrity.”

Issues linger for lawyers in Jinwright case

Issues linger for lawyers in Jinwright case

Before Anthony and Harriet Jinwright are sentenced today for conspiracy and tax evasion, lawyers for the opposing sides must resolve additional legal issues.

The Final Day in the Jinwright Trial

In closing arguments Monday, lawyers for pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright said the government failed to prove its case, but a federal prosecutor said deciding the case should be "easy."

Jinwright wraps up his testimony

BREAKING NEWS: After three days of testimony, prosecutors today concluded their cross-examination of Bishop Anthony Jinwright.

Jinwright faces more tough questions

In court Thursday evening, the 53-year-old preacher answered questions about a $151,428 tax refund he requested

Jinwright disputes the testimony of earlier witnesses

Jinwright disputes the testimony of earlier witnesses

DAILY UPDATE: The Greater Salem pastor said some of his former members and church officers didn't tell the comple truth when they took the stand.

Jinwright testifies: 'I have a lot of regrets'

Jinwright testifies: 'I have a lot of regrets'

Pastor says he's not guilty of fraud, tax evasion, but acknowledges church pay was 'too much.'

Jinwright: 'Everything we have is for sale now'

Jinwright: 'Everything we have is for sale now'

In his first day of defense testimony Tuesday, Bishop Anthony Jinwright pledged to "pay all the taxes we owe."

Government drops 1 count in Jinwright case

Government drops 1 count in Jinwright case

BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors said they failed to present evidence that Anthony Jinwright lied to IRS agents.

Witness: Greater Salem had special account for luxury gifts

Witness: Greater Salem had special account for luxury gifts

Day 12 in the Jinwright trial: A former church director said money from the account was used to buy Louis Vuitton bags, luggage and clothing for Anthony and Harriet Jinwright.

Day 11 in the Jinwright trial

Day 11 in the Jinwright trial

Last update at 9:45 p.m.: Atlanta CPA concludes his testimony with a history lesson on "love offerings."

Witness: Finances were "a mess" at the Jinwright's church

Witness: Finances were

A former finance administrator at Greater Salem City of God said he tried to bring financial order and was fired.

'There was no expectation to question'

'There was no expectation to question'

A former member of Greater Salem City of God said pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright ran the church with near-total authority.

More churches testify in Jinwright trial

More churches testify in Jinwright trial

Representatives from several area churches said they issued Form 1099s to the Jinwrights after speaking engagements.

2 BMWs and a Mercedes-Benz

Breaking News: A former employee of a luxury car dealership said Bishop Anthony Jinwright supplied financial information to lease three cars. Prosecutors now say some of that information was false - and constitutes mail fraud.

Witness: Bishop Jinwright was warned in '01

Daily update: A Tennessee consultant said he pointed out potential irregularities to Bishop Anthony Jinwright during a review of Greater Salem's financial operations nearly a decade ago.

Jinwright lawyers: Government can't prove intent to defraud

Jinwright lawyers: Government can't prove intent to defraud

Lawyers representing pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright said their clients never intended to defraud the government.

Jury seated in Jinwright trial

The 15-person panel, which includes three alternates, is made up of nine women and five men; 10 whites and five blacks.

Jinwright may be jailed before trial

Jinwright may be jailed before trial

Prosecutors say Bishop Anthony Jinwright and his wife, co-pastor Harriet Jinwright, continue to break the law by failing to pay taxes.


 

 
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