- Joshua Powell, ex-NRA operations director, has settled civil fraud and abuse charges with the New York Attorney General’s office.
- Powell admitted to breaching his duties to the NRA, agreed to a $100,000 restitution payment, and is permanently barred from holding officer positions in any nonprofit organization.
- As part of his settlement, Powell will testify against former NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and other involved parties at an upcoming trial.
Joshua Powell, a former operations director for the National Rifle Association (NRA), has reached a settlement in civil fraud and abuse charges, as reported by ABC News. This development comes on the heels of the NRA’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, announcing his resignation due to health reasons, just before a critical trial.
As part of the settlement, Powell admitted to breaching his duties of care, loyalty, and obedience to the NRA. He agreed to make a restitution payment of $100,000 and is now permanently prohibited from holding officer positions in any nonprofit organization. Furthermore, Powell has pledged to testify against LaPierre and other parties involved in the upcoming trial.
Powell’s tenure at the NRA, which spanned from 2016 to January 2020, concluded with the acknowledgment of serious misconduct. According to the settlement, Powell mismanaged the organization’s charitable assets, converting them for personal use and the benefit of his family. This was in violation of his fiduciary responsibilities, as noted by ABC News.
New York Attorney General Letitia James commented on the situation, stating, “Joshua Powell’s admission of wrongdoing and Wayne LaPierre’s resignation confirm what we have alleged for years: the NRA and its senior leaders are financially corrupt.”
The legal scrutiny of the NRA has increased following its unsuccessful attempt to file for bankruptcy in 2021. The attempt was rejected by a federal judge due to a lack of good faith. In her lawsuit, Attorney General James is seeking the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the NRA’s financial activities.
Clear Thoughts (op-ed)
The recent development in the case against the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a stark reminder of the political weaponization of the law. Joshua Powell, an ex-NRA executive, admitted guilt in a fraud case and agreed to testify against Wayne LaPierre and others, fueling the fire of the New York Attorney General’s relentless pursuit.
What should be a case about financial mismanagement has been turned into a political spectacle, an attempt to undermine an organization that stands as a bulwark against the erosion of our Second Amendment rights.
Powell’s misconduct, while serious, is being used as a cudgel to attack the NRA as a whole. The aim is clear – to delegitimize an organization that champions the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
This case is less about corruption and more about an ideological war on an institution that dares to stand against the prevailing liberal doctrine. It’s a classic case of the ends justifying the means, a dangerous precedent to set in our justice system.
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