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March 17, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, president of one of the nation's largest and most influential black denominations, sobbed and apologized as he resigned two weeks after being convicted of swindling more than $4 million. "I'm just so sorry about all of this," he said quietly at a news conference outside his Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he told the board of the National Baptist Convention USA of his decision. Lyons was convicted Feb.
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June 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The disgraced former leader of the biggest black church group in the United States has dropped an appeal of his state theft and racketeering convictions, his lawyer said. Henry Lyons, 57, former president of the National Baptist Convention, was convicted Feb. 28 on state charges of defrauding about $4 million from companies hoping to do business with the church group. He began serving a 5 1/2-year sentence in a Florida prison March 31.
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September 5, 1998 | Religion News Service
Despite being engulfed in scandal, it appears the Rev. Henry J. Lyons will try to retain the presidency of the National Baptist Convention, USA, which holds its annual meeting next week in Kansas City, Mo. Moreover, say officials of one of the nation's largest black denominations, Lyons may be planning to seek a second five-year term in the church's 1999 presidential election. Last year's annual meeting was overshadowed by allegations of Lyons' marital infidelity and financial impropriety.
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April 1, 1999 | From Associated Press
Sobbing and pleading for mercy, the Rev. Henry Lyons was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for swindling more than $4 million while president of one of the nation's largest and most influential black denominations. The 57-year-old minister was also ordered to repay almost $2.5 million. "I cannot shake the feeling that I have let so many people down," Lyons told Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer. "I've asked God every single night and day to forgive me." Lyons was convicted Feb.
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September 12, 1998 | Associated Press
The beleaguered president of the National Baptist Convention USA went before his congregation Thursday asking for forgiveness for an affair. He got it--and thousands in cash to fight federal charges of extortion, fraud and money laundering. The Rev. Henry J. Lyons roused delegates to their feet with a sermon on forgiveness that focused on the word of the Bible. "I want you to know today, from the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of my soul, I am truly sorry.
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September 17, 1994 | From Associated Press
A politi cally active pastor who says the black church should be a force to be reckoned with in Washington was elected to lead the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc. into the third millennium. The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, who headed the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns in Florida, was elected recently to a five-year term as president of the nation's largest black church.
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February 28, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president of one of the nation's largest African American denominations was found guilty Saturday of racketeering, convicted of bilking more than $4 million from companies seeking to sell products to the group's members. The Rev. Henry Lyons, 57, of the National Baptist Convention USA was also found guilty of two counts of grand theft in connection with $244,000 given to him from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith to rebuild burned-out black churches throughout the South.
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March 17, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Henry Lyons, the president of the National Baptist Convention USA, pleaded not guilty to racketeering and grand theft during a hearing in St. Petersburg. A trial was set for January 1999. Lyons, 55, was arrested in February and charged with two counts of grand theft and one count of racketeering.
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September 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dissident ministers shouting "Let the people speak!" were drowned out by hymns and reporters were thrown out of the Denver meeting hall as the president of the nation's largest black denomination survived his third no-confidence vote in three days. The Rev. Henry Lyons, accused of misusing church funds, promised immediate reforms within the 8.5-million-member National Baptist Convention U.S.A.
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September 3, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Hours after members of the nation's largest black Baptist church backed its besieged president in a surprise vote, 80 prominent pastors demanded that the Rev. Henry Lyons resign immediately or be expelled from office for allegedly mishandling church funds. As more than 150 supporters looked on from the steps of the Denver Convention Center, the pastors denounced the vote backing Lyons, which was taken after more than half of the convention's delegates had left.
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March 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The alleged mistress of the Rev. Henry Lyons has pleaded guilty to two federal tax evasion charges for her part in a scheme to swindle companies doing business with the National Baptist Convention USA. Bernice Edwards, acquitted last month of state racketeering charges, agreed Thursday to pay $200,000 in back taxes on $500,000 of unreported income. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine at sentencing, which had yet to be scheduled.
NEWS
March 17, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, president of one of the nation's largest and most influential black denominations, sobbed and apologized as he resigned two weeks after being convicted of swindling more than $4 million. "I'm just so sorry about all of this," he said quietly at a news conference outside his Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he told the board of the National Baptist Convention USA of his decision. Lyons was convicted Feb.
NEWS
February 28, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president of one of the nation's largest African American denominations was found guilty Saturday of racketeering, convicted of bilking more than $4 million from companies seeking to sell products to the group's members. The Rev. Henry Lyons, 57, of the National Baptist Convention USA was also found guilty of two counts of grand theft in connection with $244,000 given to him from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith to rebuild burned-out black churches throughout the South.
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September 12, 1998 | Associated Press
The beleaguered president of the National Baptist Convention USA went before his congregation Thursday asking for forgiveness for an affair. He got it--and thousands in cash to fight federal charges of extortion, fraud and money laundering. The Rev. Henry J. Lyons roused delegates to their feet with a sermon on forgiveness that focused on the word of the Bible. "I want you to know today, from the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of my soul, I am truly sorry.
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September 5, 1998 | Religion News Service
Despite being engulfed in scandal, it appears the Rev. Henry J. Lyons will try to retain the presidency of the National Baptist Convention, USA, which holds its annual meeting next week in Kansas City, Mo. Moreover, say officials of one of the nation's largest black denominations, Lyons may be planning to seek a second five-year term in the church's 1999 presidential election. Last year's annual meeting was overshadowed by allegations of Lyons' marital infidelity and financial impropriety.
NEWS
July 3, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Rev. Henry Lyons, embattled leader of a large black Baptist denomination, was accused Thursday in a federal indictment of cheating corporations out of $5 million to buy cars, jewelry and other luxuries. Lyons, already facing state charges, remained free on bond after a federal court appearance. The president of the National Baptist Convention USA was charged with 56 counts of fraud, extortion, money laundering, conspiracy and tax evasion.
NEWS
June 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The disgraced former leader of the biggest black church group in the United States has dropped an appeal of his state theft and racketeering convictions, his lawyer said. Henry Lyons, 57, former president of the National Baptist Convention, was convicted Feb. 28 on state charges of defrauding about $4 million from companies hoping to do business with the church group. He began serving a 5 1/2-year sentence in a Florida prison March 31.
NEWS
July 3, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Rev. Henry Lyons, embattled leader of a large black Baptist denomination, was accused Thursday in a federal indictment of cheating corporations out of $5 million to buy cars, jewelry and other luxuries. Lyons, already facing state charges, remained free on bond after a federal court appearance. The president of the National Baptist Convention USA was charged with 56 counts of fraud, extortion, money laundering, conspiracy and tax evasion.
NEWS
March 17, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Henry Lyons, the president of the National Baptist Convention USA, pleaded not guilty to racketeering and grand theft during a hearing in St. Petersburg. A trial was set for January 1999. Lyons, 55, was arrested in February and charged with two counts of grand theft and one count of racketeering.
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February 27, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Preaching Christian charity and urging caution against a rush to judgment, local and national African American Baptist leaders expressed support Thursday for the Rev. Henry Lyons, the president of the National Baptist Convention, who was indicted late Wednesday in Florida on charges of racketeering and grand theft. "I am certainly going to be supporting Dr. Lyons in every aspect of his [legal] endeavors that I can support," said the Rev. Joseph B.
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