Friday, June 4, 2010

Jinwright requests bond

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Now, remember: The night Anthony Jinwright was found guilty in federal court on 13 counts of tax evasion and conspiracy charges, Judge Frank Whitney had him taken into custody immediately. Why? The judge said he didn't think the pastor was a flight risk, but Jinwright needed to be in jail to protect the economic safety of the community.

Now Jinwright is trying to strike a deal. In return for letting him out of jail on bond, the pastor says he'll stay out of the church's financial affairs, only take $300,000 in salary and refrain from asking people for money on church property. Oh, and he's stopped making payments on his Rolls Royce and Bentley, despite numerous reports from Qcitymetro.com readers that Harriet Jinwright — Anthony's wife who was also found guilty on several charges — continues to ride around town in them.

I don't know about you, but Jinwright's promise to refrain from asking folks for cashola on church property rings a little hollow. Would that mean he could ask people to meet him at the Shell Station next to the church, or how about the Wachovia/Wells Fargo ATM across the street? In his home? In his soon to be repo'ed Rolls?

By the way, in case anyone's curious, Judge Whitney makes less than $200,000 per year and, as far as I know, hasn't asked anyone for a love offering to date.

Get the scoop at Qcitymetro.com.

Curious what worship service looks like, or used to look like, at Greater Salem? This video from 2007, a couple months before the Jinwrights were indicted, shows the A.L. Jinwright Reunion Mass Choir during a "praise break."

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