Lawyers in the Jinwright tax-evasion trial arrived at the federal courthouse on W. Trade Street this morning prepared for opening arguments, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Judge Frank Whitney’s courtroom.
Prosecutors were the first to arrive, shortly after 8. They smiled to the waiting media but said nothing.
Next to arrive was Harriet Jinwright. She arrived alone and entered the courthouse without comment.
Bishop Anthony Jinwright arrived a few minutes later, flanked by lawyers and a large, unidentified man. He smiled but declined reporters’ requests for comment.
On March 20, Judge Whitney ordered that the Jinwrights live in separate locations, to prevent further “conspiracy,” he said at the time.
Last to arrive was Kevin Tate, Harriet Jinwright’s court-appointed attorney.
The Jinwrights, who head Greater Salem City of God in west Charlotte, are charged separately in a multi-count indictment.
According to federal prosecutors, the couple failed to report about $1.8 million in taxable income between 2001 and 2007. During that time, the indictment alleges, the Jinwrights received more than $5.3 million in payments and reimbursements from Greater Salem, not including gifts and cash given to them by church members.
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In the photo below, Harriet Jinwright arrives at the federal courthouse in Charlotte for day 1 in her tax-evasion trial. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com)