So, when Obama’s spiritual advisor and anti-American pastor Jeremiah Wright thundered “God damn America!” I wonder if he knew what was going on in his own family. Apparently not. The 48-year-old daughter of the “reverend” was free on bail as she was awaiting sentencing for money laundering, but apparently there is probably cause to believe she committed another theft while out on bail.
Jeri Wright, daughter of Jeremiah Wright, was found guilty on March 7, 2014 for her part in a fraud scheme led by a former suburban police chief and the chief’s husband. NBC reported:
A federal jury took less than two hours to find Jeri Wright, 48, the daughter of Jeremiah Wright, guilty on all counts for her part in a fraud scheme led by a former suburban police chief and the chief’s husband, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois in Springfield.
The $1.25 million state grant was for a not-for-profit work and education program called We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, owned by Regina Evans, former police chief of Country Club Hills, and her husband, Ronald Evans Jr.
Wright, a close friend of the couple, took as much as $11,000 from checks worth more than $30,000 that were supposed to be for work related to the grant, prosecutors said. About $20,000 was deposited back into accounts controlled by Regina and Ronald Evans.
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While out on bail, Wright allegedly committed a theft that violated her bail and was headed to jail on Monday following a judge revoking the deal that allowed her to remain free while awaiting the sentencing of her conviction of money laundering.
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough ruled there was probable cause to believe Wright committed a separate theft while on bail, thereby violating terms of her supervised release, according to Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Central District of Illinois.
The judge ordered Wright, who appeared in court in Springfield, to be taken into custody by U.S. marshals.
Prosecutors now say Wright was taking part in another scheme — this one involving ghost payrolling — even as she was standing trial.
Between Feb. 12, 2014, and May 28, 2014, Wright allegedly got 13 payments totaling $8,192 from a temporary staffing agency “for work she never performed” for a plastics factory in Franklin, Indiana, according to a court filing this month. U.S. Probation Officer Eric W. Fox wrote that Wright “committed theft” by accepting the payments, which allegedly were authorized by a since-fired plant manager who is under investigation for “making fraudulent credit card charges and hiring several” ghost payrollers.
Wright’s attorney, Victor P. Henderson, argued in court that Wright legitimately earned the money and presented emails she had exchanged to try to convince the judge. In court filings, Henderson also noted that Wright hadn’t been charged in the Indiana case and that “these theft allegations are only in the investigative stage.”
Wright has denied the new charges against her via her attorney.
In either case, once again, we must ask, is this just? Here is a woman that has stolen thousands of dollars and now she will be in jail at the expense of those she stole from, plus the rest of the public. Does that sound just to you? The Bible is clear on this. Jail is not the answer. Restitution is.
First, the command is:
You shall not steal.
Furthermore, there are various forms of stealing: Embezzlement (Lev. 6:2), Robbery (Lev. 6:2), Extortion (Luke 3:13-14), Kidnapping (Deut. 24:7). This are all active forms of stealing. There are passive forms of stealing as well. However, in the case Wright is faced with she not only sinned against God, but has also wronged her neighbors. She did not follow the advice of Proverbs 1:10-19 and is now facing jail at the expense of those she has stolen from. Instead, she should be involved in making restitution of what she stole (Ex. 22:1-9).
Before people go and say, “Well, that’s Old Testament and we’re not bound by that,” consider that in the New Testament in the famous story of Zaccheus, who was involved in stealing from his own countrymen, which is why they despised publicans, he showed forth genuine repentance by doing what? Doing what the law demanded.
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Zaccheus demonstrated true repentance by turning from his sin and obeying God. In a Christian nation, we should be requiring the same from those who commit theft in the manner Wright did, not caging them like animals and then forcing the innocent to keep them up with “three hots and a cot.”
The judge has set March 20 as the date for sentencing of Wright’s original conviction.
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