Former NRA executive pleads guilty to fraud, set to testify in NY civil trial

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By Carina

Joshua Powell, former operation director of the National Rifle Association (NRA), has recently settled a lawsuit with the New York Attorney General’s Office over allegations of fraud. 

This development coincides with the resignation of Wayne LaPierre, the long-serving head of the NRA, marking a significant moment in the organization’s history.

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Allegations against former NRA director Joshua Powell 

Powell, who was with the NRA from 2016 to January 2020, faced accusations from Letitia James, the New York Attorney General. 

He was alleged to have misused his executive powers to divert charitable assets for personal and familial benefits. 

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Settlement of Civil Claims Against Joshua Powell

In the settlement, Powell admitted to the alleged misconduct, agreeing to pay $100,000 to the NRA. 

He also consented to refrain from serving in any nonprofit or charitable organizations and to testify against the NRA as required by James’s office.

Wayne LaPierre’s resignation amidst allegations

On the same day as Powell’s settlement, Wayne LaPierre, the longstanding executive of the NRA, announced his resignation. 

LaPierre’s departure comes just before the start of a civil trial where he faces allegations of misappropriating NRA funds for personal luxuries, including private jet flights and extravagant trips. 

LaPierre, who cited health reasons for his resignation, leaves a complicated legacy in the gun rights organization.

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2020 lawsuit targets NRA leaders for financial misconduct

The lawsuit filed by James in 2020 targeted LaPierre, along with Powell and two other co-defendants, accusing them of causing substantial financial harm to the NRA. 

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The allegations include questionable expenditures, such as consulting contracts and personal gifts, potentially costing the organization tens of millions of dollars. 

James is seeking reimbursement for the NRA and is pushing to bar these individuals from leadership roles in any New York charitable organizations, effectively excluding them from future NRA involvement.

Upcoming trial to highlight financial mismanagement in NRA

The trial, scheduled to begin soon, is expected to expose the financial mismanagement within the NRA further. 

It represents a critical juncture for the organization, which has been a dominant force in American gun rights advocacy.

LaPierre’s statement and interim leadership

In his statement, LaPierre expressed his unwavering support for the NRA and its mission despite stepping down. 

Andrew Arulanandam, a close associate of LaPierre, will take over his responsibilities on an interim basis, indicating a continuity of leadership within the NRA.

Leadership changes and legal trials: A pivotal moment for NRA

These events mark a turning point for the NRA, with significant leadership changes and ongoing legal challenges.

The trial outcomes and the organization’s response to these controversies will be pivotal in shaping its future direction and role in American political and social discourse.

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