United States | The former head of the National Rifle Association pleaded guilty to corruption

Wayne LaPierre's misconduct had cost the NRA more than five million dollars, according to a jury.

of the United States former head of the National Rifle Association, or NRA Wayne LaPierre is responsible for the organization's corrupt management, a jury in New York found in a civil trial on Friday.

According to the charges, LaPierre used the organization's coffers as his own personal piggy bank. Because of his violations, the organization lost more than five million dollars, according to the jury. LaPierre has paid the organization back about $1 million.

A lawsuit was filed against LaPierre over the case already in 2020 and he announced that he would resign from the leadership of the organization in January this year.

Because the NRA is registered as a nonprofit organization in New York, according to prosecutors, it must by law use its funds for its stated mission, not to support the lavish lifestyles of its executives and insiders. According to the prosecutor, LaPierre and other leading figures of the organization had used the organization's funds for, among other things, private planes and family trips.

“The investigation has determined that instead of serving NRA members, leadership has flagrantly violated New York state and federal laws, as well as internal NRA policies,” said the New York State Attorney General. of Letitia James chancellery before the start of the trial.

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