Bishop Anthony Jinwright told jurors Tuesday that everything he owns – house, cars, even his funeral home business – has been put up for sale.
“I pledge to certainly pay all the taxes that we owe,” he said during the first day of defense testimony in his trial on federal charges of fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion.
But determining how much the Jinrights owe in taxes might prove tricky.
In the separate indictments of Jinwright and his wife, Harriet, investigators initially put that figure at more than $85,000. But in court on Monday, an IRS agent said that, after listening to 13 days of testimony about potential income the Jinwrights received from 2002 to 2007, she had recalculated the figure at $664,352.
As for the Jinwright’s assets, many of the homes and luxury cars mentioned in their federal indictments were either leased or rented.