Former Pottstown Pastor Faces Bad Check, Bank Fraud and Attempted Murder Charges

Former Pastor Michael Wilkerson Sr

Former Pottstown Pastor Faces Bad Check, Bank Fraud and Attempted Murder Charges

A former Pottstown pastor was jailed Friday for writing a $111,000 bounce check in order to buy a Mercedes Benz. Michael A. Wilkerson Sr. also faces federal bank fraud and attempted murder charges in Philadelphia, according to court testimony.

“It looks like I’m going to be incarcerated for a long period of time,” Michael A. Wilkerson Sr. conceded in Montgomery County Court on Friday as his legal issues were outlined for a judge by prosecutors and his defense lawyer. “I understand I have some serious trouble there.”

Uh, yeah… you think?

Michael Wilkerson Sr. was the founder and former pastor of the Freedom Christian Deliverance Center Pottstown, He and his wife co-owned and operated a real estate development business Agape Development Co.

Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan-Lupo, referring to a presentence investigation of Wilkerson, told a judge that Wilkerson still faces a charge of attempted murder stemming from an alleged domestic-related incident during which he had a violent confrontation with a female friend’s boyfriend in Philadelphia. Additional information about the pending Philadelphia charges was not available.

Last month, Wilkerson, 45, formerly of East Coventry, was indicted in federal court on charges of bank fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain $6 million in home loans for properties in Schwenksville and Glenmoore between 2006 and 2008.

As part of a scheme to defraud Chase Manhattan Bank, the Wilkersons, Garell and Haines misled mortgage lenders into funding loans totaling about $6.3 million for the purchase of houses by falsifying mortgage loan documents, according to U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.

Read full story at Mercury News.

This pastor was bad to the bone from the beginning. Just another man defrauding the church for personal gain.