Food for the poor scam lands Chicago church couple in jail

Food for the poor scam lands Chicago church couple in jail

Pastor Robbie Wilkerson and his wife Tasha have been jailed for defrauding a food scheme for under-privileged children.

According to this report, Wilkerson, the founding pastor of New Birth Christian Center church in Chicago, received a 37 month prison sentence, and his wife was jailed for a year and a day.

Wilkerson has also been ordered to pay $440,964 in restitution, and his wife $40,001.

The church operated a summer food scheme to provide meals to low-income students when schools were not in session, and it claimed it provided about 267,000 meals to youngsters in 2010, when it actually served fewer than 100,000 meals.

Wilkerson admitted in court that he submitted about $714,000 in false or fraudulent claims to the Illinois State Board of Education, more than $250,000 above the budgeted cost of the scheme.

In May, Wilkerson plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering while his wife admitted stealing government funds.

Three other church officials also pleaded guilty in May to one count each of theft of government funds.

Anthony Hall, 50, of Downers Grove, another pastor and administrator of the scheme in 2010, was sentenced to five years of federal probation, including ten months of home confinement, and ordered to pay $40,001 in restitution.

An operations manager for the 2010 scheme, 52-year-old Richard Shumate and his 49-year-old wife, Evelyn Shumate, were sentenced to five months each in prison, followed by five months of home confinement, the justice department said. The couple, who live in Romeoville, were also ordered to pay $49,964 in restitution.

Wilkerson, his wife and associates were indicted in 2015 for embezzling approximately $450,000 they received to operate the 2010 Summer Food Service Program. The embezzled amount was more than one-half of the funding for the scheme.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, the Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to low-income children during the summer months when schools are not in session.

In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the New Birth Christian Center’s food scheme was one of the largest recipients of Summer Program funds in the state of Illinois.

Some $10,000 was given directly to relatives while $20,000 in cash and other withdrawals were made from the church’s bank account. They also used $46,000 to purchase real estate in Chicago and $37,109 to buy a house in Memphis, Tennessee, for the pastor’s parents.

13 responses to “Food for the poor scam lands Chicago church couple in jail”

  1. L.Long says:

    What!? A xtian church charity is a fraud! Say it aint so…AGAIN!!!!

  2. gert says:

    No surprise here. Its the norm. Hide under the camouflage of piety and you cab scam away as much as you dare. And anyway what religious organisation does not take money from those it has ensnared, or receive money from taxpayers freely handed over by governments or receive huge tax advantages that make companies like Amazon and Starbucks green with envy. No … religions are business based upon selling an imaginary product to fools under the threat of eternal hellfire damnation if they dont cough up.

    Crooks one and all.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    It does make you wonder whether there are actually any godly people out there who are anything other than crooks, con artists or paedophiles.

  4. Broga says:

    And yet the scam continues and the sheep keep rushing to be fleeced.

  5. Stephen Mynett says:

    AC, Broga, I think you can divide the religious into three categories: Those who are brainwashed/deluded or just frightened into believing; the mentally retarded who either cannot think or are afraid to do so and those who see there is a healthy profit to be made from the first two groups.

  6. John the Drunkard says:

    A particularly American situation. Anyone can declare himself a preacher and, by default, be treated as a ‘community leader’ with special access to government.

    From minor jack-leg preachers fixing parking tickets to Jim Jones. We don’t seem to have learned a thing.

  7. StephenJP says:

    Stephen Mynett/AC/Broga: “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful”

    – Seneca (allegedly)

  8. RussellW says:


    Some of the nastiest people I’ve encountered were bible -bashers of one kind or another and such transparent hypocrites as well. However there’s an inexhaustible supply of sheep, it’s a mystery.

  9. Broga says:

    RussellW: Same here. And some of these bible bashing hypocrites were posturing as pillars of the community. Religion is a great cover for shady types.

  10. Robster says:

    One day, a special thing will perhaps happen, an honest clergy person, could be a priestly type, a reverend of some sort, one of those rabbi thingamajigs or even an imammmm, will be discovered to have behaved honestly. Don’t hold your breath.

  11. 1859 says:

    They’ve only done what immoral atheists (those degenerates who lack a moral compass) always do – pretend to be do-gooders and steal from the very people they want to help. Oh, errrr…it looks like I made a typo somewhere.

  12. Stephen Mynett says:

    Thanks Stephen JP, it is a great quote and I should have remembered it, my history “teacher” hated it, although he was more catholic than the pope which made the O Level class he taught interesting as the period involved the reformation.

    OT but good news, Ealing Council have told the religionist creeps to fuck off:

  13. Ogs Bodkins says:

    Laurence Fishburne has let himself go!