FRAUD: Obama’s ‘Spiritual Advisor’ is Sentenced to 6 Years


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A Texas megachurch pastor and former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush’s former spiritual adviser has just been sentenced to six years in prison for scamming investors out of millions of dollars.


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According to the Associated Press, Kirbyjon H. Caldwell was sentenced on Wednesday in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he and his co-defendant, Gregory A. Smith, were indicted in 2018.

Back in March, Caldwell had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

According to federal prosecutors, Caldwell and Smith had used their influence to persuade people to invest about $3.5 million in historical Chinese bonds.

Acting US Attorney Alexander Van Hook said in a statement that Caldwell “used his status as the pastor of a mega-church to help convince the many victim investors that they were making a legitimate investment, but instead, he took their hard-earned money from them and used it for his own personal gain.”

According to the Justice Department, Caldwell had used around $900,000 from the money he received to maintain his lifestyle and pay for credit cards and mortgages.

In November, Smith was also sentenced to six years in prison.

The following was the church’s full statement on Caldwell’s sentencing:

Today, our visionary leader, Kirbyjon Caldwell, personally appeared in the courtroom of Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was sentenced. Caldwell pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on March 11, 2020. He was indicted on March 29, 2018.

During today’s hearing, Caldwell expressed his profound remorse and accepted full responsibility for his actions. The court found that Caldwell made full restitution to all of the victims. Notably, restitution began prior to indictment and was completed before sentencing. Many victims were paid over and above the amount that they invested. Voluntary restitution is virtually unheard of and extremely rare in these kinds of cases.

Lay Preacher Caldwell, who is no longer an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, never stopped serving the community. As a direct result of this servant leadership, 980 part-time and full-time jobs were created; 258 acres of land have been developed and more than $168 million in economic value has been added to our community, a historically underserved community. These contributions include 462 homes, a YMCA, nationally known franchise restaurants, health care providers, an independent senior living facility and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, to name a few.

Caldwell has expressed his deep remorse and has apologized on numerous occasions. According to Floyd LeBlanc, Chairman of The Windsor Village Church Family Personnel Committee, The Windsor Village Lay Leadership has acknowledged Caldwell’s full restitution and accepted his apology. “We look forward to more lives being changed and more destinies being shaped as The Windsor Village Church Family continues to fulfill its God-given mission, in Jesus’s Name, said LeBlanc. The Kingdom Building continues!

According to the Windsor Village Church Family Personnel Committee, Floyd LeBlanc, Caldwell has taken full responsibility and paid back all the victims in full.

LeBlanc also said that Caldwell remained active within the church during his case, including virtual ministry and weekly food distributions to families during the pandemic.

“Mr. Caldwell has apologized and asked forgiveness from the people harmed in this matter,” LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc also described Caldwell as a victim for choosing the wrong business partners.

“We’re very disappointed that Mr. Caldwell’s contributions to society and his extraordinary efforts to make every victim whole resulted in a sentence that is disappointing,” LeBlanc said.

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