Jesus wants the average person to be many things, but I don’t think being a billionaire is one of them.
An American man accused of making $7 billion in fraudulent wire transfers didn’t seem to get the memo, shamelessly telling the court that he stole the money because Jesus wanted him to be rich.
John Michael Haskew (pictured below) of Lakeland, Florida, was arrested by authorities in mid-December 2016 after he allegedly set up the wire transfers from “a large, nationally renowned financial institution.”
According to prosecutors, Haskew was unemployed and heavily indebted to the federal government.
His alleged, downright crazy scheme was to provide a bank routing number that wasn’t his, using it to make some 70 transactions worth more than $7 billion.
Haskew told agents he was “self-taught on the banking industry,” including how to make the fraudulent wire transfers, and that he deserved the money because “Jesus Christ created wealth for everyone.”
In his mind, the complaint said, he “obtain the wealth that Jesus Christ created for him and that belonged to him.”
Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a hold of Jesus to comment on the matter.
As part of a plea deal, Haskew pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the federal government. Disappointedly, it wasn’t the statement where he said Jesus told him to steal $7 billion.
He could be ordered to pay a fine of $250,000 and serve up to five years in prison, according to the Associated Press.
Gotta give it to Haskew — he is audacious. Have you ever acted on something audacious that you though Jesus wanted you to do? Share your crazy stories in the comments below.