Lawyer Who Stole $600K From Harlem’s Second Providence Baptist Church Enters Plea

March 2, 2019

A crooked lawyer took a plea deal Friday after swindling more than $600,000 from a Harlem church reports NY Daily News.
John Shasanmi, 39, copped to second-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument in exchange for 1.5 to 4.5 years in prison. A judgment was entered against him for $601,874.99.

John Shasanmi had an obligation to act in his clients’ best interest, but instead, he chose to exploit the faith his clients placed in him by stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of their historic Harlem church,” said Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. in a statement.

In 2014, Second Providence Baptist Church hired Shasanmi to broker an agreement with Azimuth Development to erect a residential building on their property on West 116th Street.

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