Murfreesboro pastor indicted on federal money laundering charges - WKRN News 2

Murfreesboro pastor indicted on federal money laundering charges

Posted: Updated: Sep 20, 2012 08:36 PM
Michael Whitsey is facing 10 federal money laundering charges tied to the alleged sale of illegal drugs. Michael Whitsey is facing 10 federal money laundering charges tied to the alleged sale of illegal drugs.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A Middle Tennessee pastor is facing 10 federal charges tied to the alleged sale of illegal drugs.

The United States attorney's office secured a 10 count grand jury indictment against Michael Whitsey.

Whitsey, who lists his title as apostle, leads the Abundant Life Christian Center in Murfreesboro.  

The indictment alleges Whitsey made $375,000 through the sale of narcotics and then deposited the money in various accounts between May and December of 2008.

Whitsey has not been arrested for the charges yet.

Attempts to reach Whitsey were unsuccessful.

A member of the church, who would not identify himself, said the church would not comment when Nashville's News 2 went to the Abundant Life Christian Center in Murfreesboro, Thursday.

According to the Abundant Life Christian Center Web site Whitsey is scheduled to speak in Chicago on Friday and Saturday.

The U.S. Attorney's office also did not respond to Nashville's News 2 for comment.

In the federal indictment prosecutors said Whitsey and others conspired to possess narcotics with intent to distribute. The conspiracy generated $375,000, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege Whitsey then laundered the money through several bank accounts.

The indictment lists nine deposits of various amounts to different accounts between May 2008 and December 2008. The nine transactions add up to $375,000.

He is charged with nine counts of money laundering in connection with the deposits.

In addition to the money laundering charges the U.S. Attorney is asking a judge to seize money and all property obtained with the money in question.

That includes property purchased in Rutherford County for Abundant Life Christian Center.

Whitsey sparked controversy in July when the Antioch location of the church abruptly closed. Members learned later that Whitsey filed for bankruptcy on behalf of the church in June 2011.

According to bankruptcy filings the church owed more than $41,000 in unpaid rent, $27,000 to the IRS in payroll taxes in 2010 and more than $7,800 in property taxes to Rutherford County.

Federal officials said Whitsey would make an initial appearance after his arrest. There has been no date set for that appearance.

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