IRS Goes After NRAs’ Wayne LaPierre For Alleged Fraud Abuses

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The NRA funneled $30 million into Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and nine million dollars more in 2020 — dark money. The National Rifle Association’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre started on a spending spree ranging from very expensive clothing to expensive trips and rides. The NRA basically folded within itself.

The Russian government invited the NRA’s top leaders to come to Russia to start a Moscow version of the NRA. So the top members trooped off to Russia to discuss and party. It appears that none of them considered that Russian citizens are forbidden from owning guns. President Vladimir Putin also installed a Russian spy within the organization Maria Butina. She was caught, jailed, then kicked out of America.

The Internal Revenue Service has had its eye on the LaPierre for “possible criminal tax fraud” regarding his own taxes. He earned $2.2 million from his organization in 2018. This nonprofit’s records indicated that he earned a grand total of $11.2 million from 2014 to 2018.

The remarkable New York Attorney (AG) General Letitia James charged him this summer with skimming millions from his nonprofit organization as “undisclosed compensation” from not only the NRA but also its vendors.

According to The Wall Street Journal, this undisclosed compensation included:

‘[F[ree yacht trips, private jet flights for his family, exotic safaris, and other benefits.’

Reporters at a James press conference that announced the DA’s intent asked her if she thought LaPierre had “evaded personal taxes.” She said she handed the crime off to the IRS.

Her lawsuit indicated that the NRA omitted “certain personal benefits” from their top executive’s “W-2 annual-compensation forms.” These W-2s:

‘[P]ermitted him to file false personal tax returns with the IRS.’

The Trace is an “independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom dedicated to shining a light on America’s gun violence crisis:”

‘Every year in our country, a firearm is used in nearly 500,000 crimes, resulting in the deaths and injuries of more than 110,000 people. Shootings devastate families and communities and drain billions of dollars from local, state, and federal governments. Meanwhile, the problem of gun violence has been compounded by another: the shortage of knowledge about the issue.’

For over 20 years the NRA has taken member money to “fund a covert campaign to keep Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and his loyalists in power.”

Dezarae Payne was married to Paul Payne and claimed that since 1991 as an NRA employee, he was involved in a secret plan to keep LaPierre in place. He was the administrator of the NRA Members’ Councils of California.

The way it worked was LaPierre’s office handed Paul Payne his allies of NRA board candidates. Then, Payne lobbied NRA members in California to vote for those candidates. Interestingly enough, all but one of the NRA’s 76 board members were elected by mail-in ballots for their three-year terms.

Every year, Dezarea Payne said:

‘[H]er husband solicits volunteers who are flown to the convention to encourage members to back LaPierre’s favored candidate for the one-year term. These volunteers are given free concert and event tickets at the convention, and treated to a lavish dinner with LaPierre and his key aides. Payne said the trip costs the NRA $35,000 to $45,000 and has been a clandestine affair.’

Regarding those volunteers, she said:

‘You have to be completely loyal to Wayne, You can’t question what they are doing, you have to be secretive, you can’t tell people what you are doing, who you work for.’

A former member of the council Michael Schwartz said:

‘The attitude from Paul Payne was very strange. He was treating it like it was some kind of covert military op, which was beyond ridiculous. He had us staying at a hotel that was away from the convention center. We were told not to talk to any NRA employees or any NRA board members. We were told not to tell anybody why we were there.

‘It did not seem entirely ethical for the NRA to fund volunteers to come help get a board member elected at the direction of an NRA employee. it just didn’t seem like the right thing to do.’

A memo NBC News found instructed Trump officials to “defend the Kenosha shooter:”

‘Department of Homeland Security staff were advised to say that the 17-year-old charged with killing two protesters on August 25 “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.”‘

Twitter world went crazy when they found out that the NRA was under investigation. by the IRS:

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