I know that we often hold people in the gospel ministry, be it in music or pastorial areas, in a higher standard of judgement. So stories like this are unexpected and shocking to me. But Michael Winans Jr, of the Winans family of gospel singers, has been sentenced to 13 years and 9 months in jail after being sentenced for his part in an $8 million investment scheme. Zap2it shared the remarks that the judge made following the sentencing:
Before sentencing Winans, U.S. District Judge Sean Cox chastised Winans for taking advantage of “good, decent, church-going people.”
“This is very, very troubling to me … You used … churches to perpetuate this fraud,” Cox said at the sentencing.
Apparently Michael said he didn’t mean any harm to any of the victims and just wanted them all to have a good life. But I’m not sure how an investment ponzi scheme would benefit anyone but him…