Amish Sect Leader Millionaire
Amish Sect Leader Millionaire, A fierce legal battle is heating up between controversial Amish leader Sam Mullet and federal prosecutors over revelations that Mullet is a multi-millionaire.Yet, the shunned sect leader has been represented since last October by a public defender, paid for by taxpayers.
Prosecutors said Mullet, 66, declared war on his fellow Amish bishops, after they voted to shun Mullet and his followers, amid allegations that include S-EX-ual abuse in a small enclave that Mullet founded in Bergholz, Ohio.
Mullet is accused of ordering his followers to break into the homes of his critics and cut off their beards and the hair of their wives, which to the Amish, is considered degrading and a sign of disrespect.
Investigators contend the attacks were religious-based hate crimes.
According to a complaint filed by federal authorities, Mullet is not your average Amish farmer.
They maintain he has received more than $2 million for oil rights on his 800 acre farm, but continued to be represented in the federal case by a public defender.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla has been investigating the Mullet clan for the past five years, and estimates the shunned bishop’s net worth to be between $4 and 6 million. (FOX43)