Longtime NRA head Wayne LaPierre being investigated by the IRS
6th October 2020

The longtime head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, is being investigated by the IRS for potential criminal fraud linked to his personal taxes, a report said Monday.

The IRS probe, reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil suit against LaPierre this summer, alleging he and other top brass siphoned millions of dollars from the non-profit to fund lavish trips, expensive meals and other treats.

When announcing the suit, which seeks to dismantle the organization, James declined to say if she believed LaPierre had evaded taxes on his personal income, the Journal reported.

Criminal inquires into heads of powerful and sprawling non-profits like the NRA are rare, according to the report. The IRS typically investigates underpaid taxes through a civil audit and only pursues criminal investigations if someone has purposefully dodged taxes for a number of years.

In a statement to the Journal, an attorney for LaPierre said: “We’re not aware of any inquiry, so it would be premature for us to comment.”

A separate attorney for the NRA told the newspaper said they were also unaware of a probe, but would “fully cooperate with any appropriate requests for assistance.”

From 2014 to 2018, the NRA paid more than $11 million to LaPierre, who is now the pro-gun group’s Executive Vice-President, according to the Journal.

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