The story of a United States man who stole $7 billion through wire transfers and blames Jesus for his crime is turning the heads of all Christians around the world.
Courtrooms are usually a tense place where people try to make their cases or defend themselves against life changing decisions.
You will often hear the funniest excuses and lies when desperation sets in as was probably the case with the man who blames Jesus for his crime.
The man, identified as John Michael Haskew of Lakeland, Florida, is facing jail time and a fine of up to $250,000 for making a $7 billion fraudulent wire transfer on December 9 and 10.
According to court documents, Mr. Haskew said in his defense that Jesus Christ chose him to be wealthy and by using this scheme, he believed that he could obtain the wealth Jesus Christ created for him and belonged to him.
Authorities arrested him in mid-December after he allegedly set up the wire transfers from what documents described as ”a large, nationally renowned financial institution.”
Prosecutors said Haskew, who was unemployed and needed to pay off a federal government debt, provided routing numbers that were not his and used them to make more than 70 transactions worth more than $7 billion.
It was not clear where the money was transferred to and if it was all recovered.
He told agents he taught himself about the United States banking industry including how to make fraudulent wire transfers through experimentation.
He, however, failed to teach himself how to cover his tracks.
Haskew on Thursday entered a guilty plea to one charge of making a false or fraudulent statement to a department or agency of the United States. He faces a five-year prison sentence.
The scriptures describe the Lord as our personal savior when we give our life to him, it does not say anything about him being our alibi.