Late this afternoon CeCe Winans sent out the following tweet:
It linked to the below explanation from Michael Winans Jr. We all ran the story that was circulated about the case. Gospel Legacy Michael Winans Jr. Sentenced & Fined Millions and Michael Winans, Of Famed Winans Family Pleads Guilty To Church Ponzi Scheme!
Michael posted the following petition:
Target: Attn; Honorable Judge Sean Cox
Sponsored by: U.S. Lobbyist Jonathan Bernard
Greetings my name is Michael Winans, Jr. There are a myriad of media stories claiming I stole $8M from innocent individuals. That is not true. However, because, I was ill-advised by my attorney, not to comment on the case, the legal court and the court-of-public-opinion convicted me of being guilty based on everything presented by the media. My attorney also told me to plead guilty to wire FRAUD, which took the burden of proof off of the government. My family and I maintain I was targeted because of the Winans’ name, and I didn’t even know I was a target.
We believe a severe injustice has occurred in my case. My character, name and livelihood are immensely affected by this situation. My profession as a successful music producer is compromised because the stories paint me as a swindler. My wife feels unsafe and insecure because of this injustice, the harsh prison sentence and the resulting chaotic state of our life. We are raising a one year old daughter that is being negatively impacted. I pride myself on being a person of integrity and will fight this injustice. My reputation and family’s good name MUST be restored back to an excellent standing.
There is a petition that you can sign here:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/881/072/462/lets-help-keep-michael-winans-jr-free/
Wow what a story! We will keep you posted!
The Winans family is pretty large! They are a Gospel legacy. Take a look at the pictures below: