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.
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September 12, 1998 |
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 |
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.
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.