Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Lent Carr, II. Charged with Fraud

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Lent Carr, II. pastor of Emmaus Greater Pentecostal Assembly in Raeford, North Carolina, was charged Friday with “felony worthless check and uttering a forged instrument with false endorsement.”

The Fayette Observer reports:

The minister of a Hoke County church is accused of writing a bad check and forging the signature on it, Raeford police said.

Lent Christopher Carr, 43, pastor of Emmaus Greater Pentecostal Assembly at 3300 Laurinburg Road, was charged Friday with felony worthless check and uttering a forged instrument with false endorsement.

In January, Carr moved into the location, established his church and took over the property, a police release said.

Carr then learned that a large sum was owed in back taxes on the property. The release did not say how much was owed to the Hoke County Tax Office. Carr began making payments to the tax office in May.

On Oct. 13, Carr wrote a check for $9,050 to the tax office. The check belonged to the previous property owner. Carr found it inside the building, which is also his residence, and signed the prior owner’s name on it, the release said.

Carr’s bio page states:

Apostle Lent C. Carr, II. and his Wife, Lady Elect, Elder Deltarina Carr, are founders of Emmaus Cathedral Greater Pentecostal Assembly, Churches of the First Born, International, Inc., Raleigh , North Carolina, and the Greater Pentecostal Assembly Churches, Intl., Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Under His Eminence Leadership as Presiding Chief-Apostle/ Bishop, and the Honorable Prelate of the Greater Pentecostal Assembly, Churches International. Upon the Leading of the Holy Ghost, numerous outreach and service-oriented ministries have been implemented through Apostle/Bishop Carr.

Apostle Carr resides in Raleigh, North Carolina; and he and his Wife are the proud parents of  a number of remarkable children. He is a gifted, multi-dimensional thinker who is characterized as having a keen insight into spiritual matters and a unique ability to make them relevant to the times. His life’s mission is to fight for the dignity of human beings, with a special emphasis on families. He believes that restoring families is the means by which communities are transformed.  Apostle Carr purposefully ministers to assist people in discovering and manifesting the ordained will of God for their lives, resulting in a level of dignity being restored to them.

….

Dr. Carr is a Certified Life Skills Facilitator. Life Skills is a therapy education program designed to support and aide people in overcoming past & present emotional and psychological abuse.

Apostle Carr earned a Doctorate Degree in Sacred Theology & Christian Education from Amherst Theological Seminary, [unaccredited institution with no website] Madison Heights, Va. Along with these degrees Dr. Carr holds several other Degrees of higher Academia.

Updates

On November 7, 2017, Lent Carr, II sent me the following:

Thank you for the return email received last week regarding the piecemeal report as reported by the Raeford Police Department. As promised, below is my official statement and facts surrounding the lopsided report that my Attorneys are sure will be dismissed in the coming weeks. There’s only a few things I think is prudent as far as highlighting at this juncture per my Attorneys’ direction. they are as follows:

1. The check in question that was presented to the Hoke County Tax Office was presented at the direct instruction of my client Jannetta Jordan. She had previously given me supervisory authority over sparse tangible property of hers that was not removed or stored by her previous Power of Attorney. That included the checking account in which she stated was supported by funds to cover said taxes in which the check was presented and endorsed for. “I had no reason to believe that the funds were not supported as Ms. Jordan had affirmed to me on numerous occasions that she had rainy day monies in remote Banks here and elsewhere. Furthermore, Jordan had been for a number of years a licence Psychologist with Offices in Hoke County, Cumberland County and Wake County respectfully, along with other business ventures as was told me.”

2. Moreover, upon her own freewill and desire, Jordan employed the Services of Emmaus Corp. Legal/Domestic Briefing, Investigative, and collection, and research Service Firm of North Carolina, where Carr, is the Supervising Partner for said Service Firm. Not to mention Jordan’s employment contract for said firm to act under law, and on her behalf as her sole Property Manager for multiple properties, including the Gatlin Farm Road, and the 4160 Laurinburg Road Properties whereby the vast amount of the check funds were to cover at a tune of $6,000.00, plus, in contrast to that of what was owed following Mr. Carr’s diligent payments made to the tax office for taxes deliquent as a matter of Jordan’s failure to pay taxes for the fiscal years of 2014, 2015 and 2016. To date, Carr has personally paid out of his own funds to the Tax Office approx. over $10,000, with merely owing a small amount of $3,900.00. This is why any false allegation of his presenting a check for forgery, uttery and gainful purposes could never be supported by the Greater weight of the evidence, nor would it make sense when Carr has paid off Jordan’s tax debts to the smaller amount of $3,000.00 dollars owed.

3. Further, without having the benefit and knowledge that Carr possessed and was duly granted legal Power of Attorney to “…make deposits and withdrawals, negotiate or ENDORSE ANY CHECKS OR OTHER INSTRUMENTS with respect to any such accounts…” (See, Pg. 1, Para. 7, Durable Power of Attorney) and belonging to Jordan, a legal Durable Power of Attorney backed by the North Carolina General Statutes, the Raeford Police Department jumped the gun with its prepared, and fatally flawed charging instrument, even after being voluntarily presented the same at its precinct following the arrest of Carr. The Power of Attorney Contract was entered into on February 3, 2017, whereby Jordan did legally sign, and a Notary Public of the State of North Carolina contracting with the Wake County Jail, where Jordan is awaiting trial for Medicaid Fraud, Obtaining Property under False Pretense, Obstructing Justice amongst other charges, swore under oath before William Thomas, Notary, on the same Day of February 3, 2017, seal stamped. Now, for the Raeford Police to have been presented said power of attorney information, coupled by the Property Management Contract, at the very least, Carr should have never been charged with forgery of a check nor any other charge for that matter. Others similarly situated, who endorse, present for payment checks on a grantor’s behalf, only to later be apprised that such was not supported by funds are almost never treated arbitrarily as has been towards this Pastor of our Community, Lent Carr. If anything, the Detective, Detective P. Noce, leading this egregious reprisal campaign (as believed to be the case by Carr) on the legal side of this matter, that is however, outside of what Carr believes to be political pressure and influence, should at the very least halted the proceedings and done a more comprehensive investigation that would have shown that the Victim in this quagmire was not Jordan, but rather Carr who have over the past year taken on multiple battles for Jordan, including back taxes owed in which she never informed him about from the outset. Not only that, under circumstances as that of the check presented to the tax office in good faith on the part of Carr, even if the Detective felt pressured by other powers that be to arbitrarily charge me with a non-sequitur crime (since there is an actual power of attorney) then the charge should have been nothing more than a simple worthless check, since no set of facts can even remotely be proved of forgery, uttery, publishing, and as the charging instrument has so misled the general public to believe that Carr had somehow generated a false currency instrument as those nefarious who counterfeit.

4. As relating to the tax matter, there is a Judgment Order that has been duly and legally entered by the Clerk of Superior Court entitled “CERTIFICATE OF PAYMENT/SATISFACTION OF JUDGMENT CREDITOR (PAYMENT IN FULL), filed by the Tax Office, and ratified, stamped and Sworn, specifically stating that there are no further taxes owed on the property at 3300 Laurinburg Road. Furthermore, Carr’s Deed of Transfer has likewise been filed, stamped by the Tax Office stating “This certifies that pin: 394130001005; is free of any deliquent ad valorem Tax liens charged to the Hoke County Tax Collector…” Said Deed was filed with the Register of Deeds Office on October 4, 2017. In accordance to GS105-357 Payment of Taxes, any and all prior taxes owed are now moot. The Law specifically states in pertinent part: “If the tax collector accepts a check or electronic payment in payment of taxes on realo property and issues the receipt, and the check is later returned unpaid or the electronic payment invoice is not honored by issuer, the taxing unit’s lien for taxes on the real property SHALL BE INFERIOR TO THE RIGHTS OF PURCHASERS FOR VALUE AND OF PERSONS ACQUIRING LIENS OF RECORD for value if the purchasers or lienholders acquire their rights in good faith…” GS 105-357 This among other political matters is what Is believe, in part was the motive of the gun hoe charging and arresting.

Finally, Pg. 4, Para. 6, of the Lawfully entered Durable Power of Attorney specifically states: “My Agent shall not be liable for any loss that results from a judgment error that was made in good faith…” Because Jordan instructed Carr to specifically pay back taxes on her two properties (being the one who gain the most) and the one property acquired whereby He was at the end of completing of just $3000.00, and because he had no knowledge that the check was not supported by funds, something the Tax Office should have done their dudiligence in verifying, and because at all times He acted in good faith representing the best interest of his client Jordan (Pro-Bono), her actions should have never been weighed upon Carr wrongfully seeing as Carr merely acted in accordance to NCGS Power of Attorney dictates as is granted others.

Carr, II has had previous brushes with the law.

An August 2011 article by WRAL-5 reported:

Federal marshals took a Raleigh City Council candidate into custody Thursday after he was sentenced to seven months in prison for violating his parole on a 2000 fraud conviction.

Lent Carr II, 37, acknowledged that he violated the terms of his parole but told Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard that he needed to stay out of prison to attend to his ailing mother and to campaign for the District C seat on the City Council before the October election.

Carr pleaded guilty in April 2000 to federal arson and bank and mail fraud charges and spent several years in prison. An appeals court later vacated the arson plea due to a technicality.

Howard found that he violated his parole by pleading guilty in February to simple assault and by failing to meet with his parole officer or with a mental health counselor.

Defense attorney Susan Umstead said the assault case was a domestic dispute involving Carr’s stepson, and since Carr has separated from his wife, he no longer has contact with the stepson.

Carr felt compelled to assault the stepson, Umstead said, because he thought the boy was threatening Carr’s mother, who has numerous health problems and is in a wheelchair.

A federal prosecutor noted that Carr bit the boy during the altercation.

Carr “just dropped the ball” on meeting with the parole officer and mental health counselor, Umstead said, noting that Carr also has health problems, including a personality disorder.

Carr told Howard that he has turned his life around since leaving prison. He now does community outreach and works with other ex-convicts, he said.

Prosecutors expressed concerns that Carr has been soliciting donations to his campaign by misrepresenting himself to the public. They said it was clear that the probation office could not help him any further.

Cherie Poucher, executive director of the Wake County Board of Elections, said Carr’s name would remain listed as a Democrat on the ballot unless a voter in District C files a complaint with the board within 10 days.

A WRAL News investigation in May found holes in Carr’s campaign resume.

The biography on his campaign website notes he has business administration and advanced career degrees from Cumberland County College in New Jersey. A school spokeswoman told WRAL News that Carr was enrolled but there’s no record of any degree.

He also refers to himself as “Dr. Lent Carr,” citing an honorary doctorate from Amherst Theological Seminary in Madison Heights, Va. An Amherst representative said the seminary is a “correspondence Christian education program that deals with prisons,” and Director Oscar Blanchard said Carr completed a basic Bible class, but there’s no record of any doctorate.

Carr’s profile on LinkedIn.com touts his experience as a law clerk at a federal correctional institute from 1996 to 2006, in which he supervised 21 employees. However, it doesn’t mention that he was an inmate at the time. He was released from prison in January 2009.

His Facebook profile lists an MBA from Duke University, but it misspells the name of the Fuqua School of Business. It also says he graduated from Fayetteville State University in 1996, but a spokesman said the university has no record of him ever attending the school.

In addition to his federal convictions, Carr has state convictions for obtaining property by false pretenses and passing worthless checks.

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