Ex-con using Eric Adams ties to push bogus claims over youth program

An ex-con is using his close ties to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to reinvent himself as a bishop overseeing youth mentorship programs — but he hasn’t left all his troubling behavior behind, according to records and associates.

Lamor Whitehead, founder of Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn, has appeared at more than a dozen high-profile events with Adams since his five-year stint at Sing Sing, where he served time on multiple counts of identity fraud and grand larceny before his release in July 2013.

Whitehead has used the public spotlight with Adams to tout his group’s mentorship programs and raise funds, including before he registered it as a for-profit business in March 2014.

But a number of Whitehead’s public claims about the group have been refuted, including by law-enforcement agencies.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office sent Whitehead a cease-and-desist letter in November 2014 after he promoted a collaborative justice initiative with the DA’s office that didn’t exist.

“There was never any partnership or initiative together with him and this office,” DA spokesman Oren Yaniv told The Post.

The NYPD and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce also countered claims by Whitehead that they were partnering with his group on specific initiatives.

Mugshot of Lamor WhiteheadPhoto: Suffolk County DA

Other actions by Whitehead — who speaks publicly about his prison stint but maintains that law-enforcement officials railroaded him — have also led to questions.

Whitehead has been spotted driving around Brooklyn in a Maserati and a Bentley, even as he owes $261,000 for an outstanding 2009 court judgment over an unpaid personal loan.

That loan came from Monterey Symphony conductor Maximo Bragado-Darman, who at the time used Whitehead as his mortgage broker in East Harlem.

“[Whitehead] signed a note and a promise and never paid back the money,” Bragado-Darman’s lawyer, Todd Houselanger, told The Post. “I’m trying to get him to pay my client’s judgment, and it’s increasingly difficult and frustrating.”

Brian Etta, a former volunteer for Adams’ campaign who separately sued Whitehead in 2007, said, “I’m surprised from what I know about Eric [Adams]…that he would have a guy like Lamor Whitehead connected in any way, let alone closely.”

Etta dropped the suit — which accused Whitehead of pilfering $19,000 from the sale of a Brooklyn home — after learning Whitehead was already in prison on another rap.

Whitehead, who was ordained a bishop in January 2016, maintains that both lawsuits were “handled in court and have been dealt with.”

Since late 2013, Whitehead has been buoyed by public support from Adams – who introduced him at a concert at Wingate Park in August as “my good friend and good brother.”

Adams also gave an an honorary citation to Whitehead’s mother last year at Borough Hall, and gave a key to Brooklyn to Whitehead’s cousin – the rapper Foxy Brown – in February

Asked outside his church about the specific programs run by his mentorship group, Whitehead initially responded by repeating, “Why you want to know that?”

“He emerged a few hours later and spoke of a one-off event over the summer – a sports day for kids hosted by a former New York Giants player in Von King Park – and of a mentorship program where kids can shadow different NYPD officers.”

NYPD spokesman Lt. Grimpel said there was no such mentorship program.

Whitehead recently said Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn “never solicited funds,” but the group’s Web site featured a “donate” button until recent weeks.

After inquiries from The Post, the Web site was overhauled to focus on the ministry services rather than on youth programs.

On July 1, 2015, Whitehead was arrested for allegedly hitting his then 7-year-old son, according to a parole violation “release report” obtained by The Post. The case was dropped after officials found no probable cause to prosecute, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Service.

Months later, Whitehead was arrested in Uniondale, LI, for violating an order of protection, according to Nassau County police. That case has since been sealed, officials said.

Asked about the arrests, Whitehead said he would never harm his son and noted that all charges were dismissed.

Officials in the borough president’s office described Whitehead as one of the many clergy and youth leadership figures that Adams collaborates with on social issues.

Asked what Adams knew of the group’s specific work, spokesman Stefan Ringel said, “Borough President Adams has been invited to or served as co-host for several events organized by Bishop Whitehead that target at-risk youth.”

Officials said no discretionary funds were awarded to Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn, and that all groups that work with the BP’s office are vetted.

Additional reporting by C.J. Sullivan and Vinita Singla

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