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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The witnesses, all members of Greater Salem City of God, described their pastor as a compassionate and humble man.
In less than 30-minutes of questioning Wednesday, a federal prosecutor sought to attack the credibility of Anthony Jinwright.
BREAKING NEWS: The pastor of Greater Salem City of God said he never meant to defraud the government.
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.
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.
Judge still must decide whether to allow defense teams to call three expert witnesses.
In testimony Thursday, an Atlanta CPA said the Charlotte church never implemented the financial controls he suggested.
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.
A former finance administrator at Greater Salem City of God said Anthony and Harriet Jinwright charged thousands to the church account.
DAILY UPDATE: The government says it plans to call more than 50 witnesses. Fewer than 20 have testified so far.
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.
Daily updates: A Farmville preacher is called to testify about "love offerings" given to Bishop Anthony and Harriet Jinwright.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Before Anthony and Harriet Jinwright are sentenced today for conspiracy and tax evasion, lawyers for the opposing sides must resolve additional legal issues.
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."
BREAKING NEWS: After three days of testimony, prosecutors today concluded their cross-examination of Bishop Anthony Jinwright.
In court Thursday evening, the 53-year-old preacher answered questions about a $151,428 tax refund he requested
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.
Pastor says he's not guilty of fraud, tax evasion, but acknowledges church pay was 'too much.'
In his first day of defense testimony Tuesday, Bishop Anthony Jinwright pledged to "pay all the taxes we owe."
BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors said they failed to present evidence that Anthony Jinwright lied to IRS agents.
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.
Last update at 9:45 p.m.: Atlanta CPA concludes his testimony with a history lesson on "love offerings."
A former finance administrator at Greater Salem City of God said he tried to bring financial order and was fired.
A former member of Greater Salem City of God said pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright ran the church with near-total authority.
Representatives from several area churches said they issued Form 1099s to the Jinwrights after speaking engagements.
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.
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.
Lawyers representing pastors Anthony and Harriet Jinwright said their clients never intended to defraud the government.
The 15-person panel, which includes three alternates, is made up of nine women and five men; 10 whites and five blacks.
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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