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Montrose Voice, No. 334, March 20, 1987 - File 023. 1987-03-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 12, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/871/show/864.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 334, March 20, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date March 20, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 22 MONTROSE VOICE/MARCH 20, 1987 More LaRouche Followers Rounded Up by the Feds By Thomas Ferraro LEESBURG, Va. (UPI)-Nine followers of political extremist Lyndon LaRouche, including a key aide, were arrested Tuesday night at sites near his fortress headquarters on charges of bilking victims out of millionsof dollars in a scheme to raise money for affiliated groups. The roundup, the third in six months involving LaRouche adherents in rural northern Virginia and elsewhere around the country, was prompted by an indictment handed up March 3 in New York charging 15 LaRouche followers with crimes ranging from fraud to grand larceny. LaRouche's cult-like political organization has been under investigation in recent months by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The inquiries have generally focused on fund-raising activities. On Oct. 6 a federal grand jury in Boston capped a two-year probe by indicting 10 LaRouche associates on charges of credit-card fraud and obstruction of justice for allegedly making unlawful withdrawals from accounts of contributors. On the same day, about 300 federal, state and local law officers seized two truckloads of financial records from LaRouche headquarters, prompting a Loudoun County Grand jury on Feb. 17 to indict IGLaRouchefollowersandfive LaRouche-affiliated groups on charges of state securities fraud. Those individuals and groups were accused of using false and misleading promises to solicit about $30 million in loans nationwide from about 3,000 people, most of them elderly. LaRouche himself has not been named in any of the indictments. Last fall, LaRouche, who lives in a heavily fortified, $1.3 million estate outside Leesburg, vowed to defend himself against any arrest, but later said if charges are brought he would surrender peacefully. LaRouche, 64, a four-time presidential candidate, and his followers have denounced the previous grand jury indictments as unfounded political harassment and part of a conspiracy by the White House and the Kremlin. Lt. Terry McCracken of the Loudon County sheriffs office said that, acting on the New York indictment, 16 law officers arrested nine people Tuesday night at their homes and LaRouche- affiliated businesses near their leader's heavily fortified and guarded headquarters. David Fishlow, a spokesman for New York Attorney General Robert Abrams, said arrest warrants also were to be issued against four people in New Jersey, one in Illinois and one in California. The New York indictment, handed up March 3, was not to be unsealed until Wednesday, but was made known to reporters in Virginia on Tuesday night. Fishlow said the New York charges stem partially from information gathered by the grand jury in Virginia. The suspects arrested Tuesday night were identified as Edward Spannaus, 43, LaRouche's 1984 presidential campaign treasurer and now one of his legal advisers; his wife, Nancy Spannaus, 43; Cathy Wolfe, 36; David Pepper, 49; George Canning, 36, Linda de Hoyos, 37, Paul Gallagher, 42; Merielle Kron- berg, 39, and David Shavin, 34. They were cited with a total of 42 counts involving charges ranging from conspiracy to fraud, the fraudulent sale of securities and grand larceny. Fishlow said the defendants are accused of "borrowing money that they never intended to repay. They signed promissory notes dating back to 1979 that were never repaid." The Loudon County sheriffs office issued a statement saying prospective victims of the alleged fraud were contacted at airports or shopping malls by LaRouche volunteers, then received follow-up telephone calls or visits by the defendants, who often sought donations. "When donations were no longer forthcoming from a victim the defendants would ask for the loans at above- market interest rates to be secured by promissory notes," the sheriffs statement said. "Though interest to the loans were sometimes paid, payments were irregular and checks often bounced either because they were stopped or because funds were insufficient to cover them," the statement said. LaRouche has zig-zagged across the political spectrum during the past two decades. At different times he has been called ultra right and ultra left. He has called the Queen of England a drug dealer and Henry Kissinger an agent of influence of the Soviet Union, and has accused the International Monetary Fund of mass murder by spreading AIDS through its economic policies. His followers generally belong to the National Democratic Policy Committee, a name similar enough to the Democratic National Committee to cause concern by the larger party and confusion among voters. Judge Lets Sexual 976's Stay Alive AUSTIN (UPI)—A state judge Tuesday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Public Utility Commission order allowing Southwestern Bell Telephone to drop service to two firms that provide live, sexually explicit messages to callers. Travis County District Judge Joseph Hart granted a temporary restraining order sought by Omniphone Inc. and Audio Five Inc., which provides the service in four Texas cities. Bell contended the companies—by providing the messages through the "Dial 976" exchange—violated their service agreement with the telephone company. But lawyers for the two companies argued that disconnecting the message service denied their clients' constitutional rights to free speech. Bell bills and collects payments for companies that use the 976 service, which is available in Texas only in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. Call 529-8490 and You will be in Next Week's Newspaper of Montrose KROGEOUTCHER SHOPPE SPECIALIZING IN... 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