Jesus made me do it: Accused thief blames higher power for multi-billion $$$ fraud

Florida man believes Jesus wanted him to be rich

A Florida man says he tried to steal $7 billion dollars because Jesus wanted him to be rich.

John Michael Haskew was arrested on December 16 after an investigation found he had allegedly set up approximately 70 fraudulent wire transfers from a “large, nationally renowned financial institution,” according to a criminal complaint obtained by WFTV.  The transfers totaled $7 billion in attempted stolen funds.

Haskew reportedly told investigators he had figured out himself how to make fake bank transfers, as he is “self-taught on the banking industry.” Education aside, Hawkew is reportedly currently unemployed and owes money to the government.

Asked why he did it, Haskew said Jesus would have wanted him to have the money.

According to the complaint, “[Haskew said] that Jesus Christ created wealth for everyone. Using his scheme, Haskew believed that he could obtain the wealth that Jesus Christ created for him and that belonged to him.”

Haskew pled guilty to one count of making a false statement to the federal government as part of a plea deal, according to NBC Miami. He could face up to five years in a prison and a $250,000 fine.


Photo: Polk County Sheriff