For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert Hughes
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12 The president of the Confederate Memorial Association expressed satisfaction at a press conference here today that U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker sentenced Russ Pritchard III.
Pritchard, who was listed as an expert witness in a massive lawsuit against Hurleys Confederate Memorial Association, must serve one year in prison and pay $830,539 in restitution to five victims he defrauded in this Philadelphia case.
George E. Pickett V, a descendant of the famous Confederate general and a victim of Pritchard, expressed satisfaction that his seven-year fight in the courts has finally resulted in some justice.
Unfortunately, Hurley said, Pritchards role in the D.C. Superior Court case which defrauded the Confederate Memorial Association, remains covered up.
D.C. Superior Court Judges John H. Bayly and William Jackson both saw fit to not hear from Pritchard, although the Confederate Memorial Association wanted to depose him. These judges undoubtedly had knowledge that Pritchard had been indicted, and were determined to protect him, Hurley said.
Hurley said that the cover-up was important to Washington insiders who now had to explain why the U.S. Coast Guard, Special Forces, and the National Credit Union Administration had illegally financed the case against his Association.
Instead, Hurley said, Judge Bayly jailed and fined Hurley who was claiming a fraud. Bayly, who had employed the plaintiffs, subsequently ordered that nearly $23,000 be returned to Hurley in a tacit admission of Hurleys charges. The other Judge in the case, Judge William Jackson, failed to disclose that his wife was working in the Domestic Terrorism section of the Justice Department.
Pritchard had a national reputation for his appearances in the Antiques Roadshow television program before his appraising frauds were brought to light.
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