Florida man caught trying to steal $7 billion, blames Jesus
What would Jesus do? Probably not rob a bank.
A unemployed Lakeland man faces a five-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $250,000 after making a $7 billion fraudulent wire transfer because Jesus Christ chose him to be wealthy, according to court documents.
John Haskew's excuse earned him several eye rolls from law enforcement authorities in Lakeland, Florida, who arrested him in early December.
"[Haskew stated] that Jesus Christ created wealth for everyone. Using this scheme, Haskew believed that he could obtain the wealth that Jesus Christ created for him and that belonged to him," according to court documents.
He entered a guilty plea on Thursday to one charge of making a false or fraudulent statement to a department or agency of the United States. Haskew now faces five years in prison.
Haskew told police that he was "self-taught on the banking industry" and was able to learn how to make fraudulent wire transfers through experimentation.
When Haskew was asked why he continued to make more wire transfers, he told investigators he believed that he deserved the money.
He transferred the large amount of cash from an unidentified "large, nationally renowned financial institution," classified as "Bank A" in the complaint, to an unnamed account.