A Raleigh, North Carolina pastor, charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, making false statements to a bank on loans, aggravated identity theft, and perjury is on federal supervised release until she goes to trial.
Federal Judge, James E. Gates said Pastor Sharon Annita Edmonds of Crown Ministries International must not violate federal, state, or local law while on release, must cooperate in the collection of her DNA, must advise the court or the pretrial services office or supervising officer in writing before making any change of residence or telephone number, must surrender any passport, cannot obtain a passport or other international travel document, not travel outside of North Carolina without permission U.S. Probation Office, must avoid all contact, directly, or indirectly, with any person who is or may be a victim or witness in the investigation or prosecution including all co-defendants.
However, the judge did allow Edmonds to have contact with the defendants, Harvey and Melvin Griffin, regarding their work for Crown Ministries International. Edmonds cannot possess firearms, destructive devices, or other weapons.
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Edmonds is charged with the following crimes below, according to Federal Prosecutors.
|Count: 25-26||Citation: 18:1343.F||Offense Level: 4|
|Wire Fraud; and Aiding and Abetting|
|Count: 43||Citation: 18:1028A.F||Offense Level: 4|
|Aggravated Identity Theft; and Aiding and Abetting|
|Count: 49||Citation: 18:1623.F||Offense Level: 4|
Prosecutors say they filed the case against Edmond and her co-defendants on August 22, 2019.
Federal prosecutors said in the indictment, “On or about August 22, 2019, in the Eastern District of North Carolina, Sharon Annita Edmond, while under oath and testifying in a proceeding before a Grandy Jury of the United States in the Eastern District of North Carolina, did knowingly make a false material declaration concerning her use of SSN that did not belong to her.”
During the Grand Jury questioning of Edmond, they asked her:
Q(Grand Jury): Have you ever used someone else’s Social Security Number besides your real Social Security Number?
A(Sharon Edmond): Have I used somebody’s—
Q(Grand Jury): Yes
A(Sharon Edmond): I don’t remember. Not to my knowledge.
Federal prosecutors said in the indictment, “The aforesaid testimony of Sharon Edmond, as she then and there well knew and believed, was false, in that Michael Griffin and Sharon Edmond had previously created an alternate identity consisting of Sharon Edmond’s name, an address belonging to someone else, a SSN that was not her own, and a date of birth that was not her own.”
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A warrant for Edmond was issued on September 10, 2020. She was booked in the Bladen County Jail until her court date where she was later released on September 16, 2020.
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The trial is set for November.
The North Carolina Beat will keep you updated on this case.