Televangelist Robert Freeman aka Dr. Shine gets sentenced to more than 2 years + $630,000 pay back note

"Robert and Dee Dee Shine"
 Televangelist Robert Freeman aka Dr. Shine gets sentenced to more than 2 years + $630,000 pay back note

Michael Williamson/THE WASHINGTON POST – Robert ‘Shine’ Freeman, right, and his wife Dee Dee conduct the service at the Save the Seed Ministry in 2000.
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We have all heard this story too many times in the past couple of years, but here we go again with another televangelist having his JIG is UP moment!  Pastor Robert Freeman aka “Dr. Shine”  along with his now ex. wife Dee Dee Freeman,  who, by the way, are not related to   Mike and Dee Dee Freeman, also from MD  who allegedly were the masterminds behind the ousting of Joel Peebles over at Jericho City of Praise also in Maryland.  lived the life of luxury all at the expense of their congregation.

I am just glad that in addition to given Dr. Shine,  Ex Top Gun, now  fallen prophet jail time, he also has to pay back more than $630,000 to four of his church members.  I understand that Dee Dee Freeman, now divorced from Robert Freeman, continues to do ministry in Maryland.

It’s  mind boggling, I know but Dr. Shine is a piece of work, watch the video then make sure you read the full story on him, Chile!

I should have posted this video on Funny Friday.  I can’t believe how some Saints can be so vulnerable:

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Robert J. Freeman, a charismatic Southern Maryland pastor and longtime televangelist, drove fancy cars and lived in a $1.75 million home on the Potomac River that has five fireplaces, a jet-ski lift and two four-car garages.

To finance that lifestyle, federal prosecutors said, Freeman turned to his followers to purchase the vehicles and waterfront property. Many, it turned out, could not afford it.

On Monday, Freeman, 56, who headed Save the Seed ministry in Waldorf, was sentenced to more than two years in prison in a related bankruptcy case. Prosecutors said he hid church assets to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in debts.

“Freeman lived a life of fraud and deception, using millions of dollars from church members, and fraudulently obtained credit to pay for luxury cars and a mansion while falsely representing in court that he was indigent,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Freeman, who was known as “Dr. Shine,” said in court that he takes responsibility for lying during bankruptcy proceedings. But he said his congregation willingly funded purchases on behalf of the church.

“I did all this publicly,” Freeman told the judge in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. “There wasn’t nothing shady about it.”

A self-described former drug addict, Freeman, who lives in Indian Head in Charles County, built his brand and ministry over the past two decades through TV broadcasts and an unorthodox approach to drug treatment that began in Prince George’s County.

Freeman directed church members to take out loans to purchase the cars, including a Bentley and a Maybach, and the mansion. When the church could not cover the bills, church members were on the hook for the debt and in some cases lost their homes and jobs.

Even after Freeman and his former wife, Claudette “Dee Dee” Freeman, filed for bankruptcy, federal prosecutors say he convinced a church member to lease or buy three more Mercedes Benzes and a Lincoln Navigator. Read More