March 27, 1999 |
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.
March 17, 1999 |
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.
February 28, 1999 |
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.
July 3, 1998 |
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.
March 17, 1998 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998 |
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.