Man Hacks Into Bank, Steals $7 Billion Because 'Jesus Told Me To,' Cops Say
John Michael Haskew was accused of setting up illegal wire transfers from "a large, nationally renowned financial institution."
A Florida man has pleaded guilty to stealing billions of dollars at the behest of the Lord.
John Michael Haskew was accused of setting up $7 billion in illegal wire transfers from "a large, nationally renowned financial institution" back in December.
After his arrest, Haskew told investigators he said he was directed to make the transfer by Jesus Christ, according to a criminal complaint.
"(He stated) that Jesus Christ created wealth for everyone," the criminal complaint said. "Using this scheme, Haskew believed that he could obtain the wealth that Jesus Christ created for him and that belonged to him."
Haskew reportedly told police he was "self-taught on the banking industry" after his December 16 arrest.
The unemployed Lakeland man pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of making a false or fraudulent statement to a department or agency of the United States.
Haskew faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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