Former NRA head LaPierre found liable in civil corruption trial

by ian

Longtime National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre was found guilty of misusing company money to support a lavish lifestyle.

According to the AP, LaPierre owes $4.4 million to the gun rights group, while retired NRA finance chief Wilson Phillips owes $2 million. Overall, the jury found that the organization mismanaged its assets, misrepresented or omitted tax information, and violated whistleblower protections under New York law.

LaPierre announced his resignation last Friday, on the day of the trial.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, who’s also behind the prosecution of former President Donald Trump, called the verdict a “major victory.” The NRA responded to the verdict by saying that James “originally sought to put the organization out of business,” claiming that the NRA lost over $64 million in the past three years.

However, she was forced to drop the majority of those allegations for lack of evidence.