Duke accused of Gambling White Supremacy Funds
Today: November 24, 2000 at 9:56:21 PST
By Brett Martel
NEW ORLEANS -- Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, whose
overseas whereabouts had been a mystery four days after federal
agents raided his home, is finally aware of new money laundering
and fraud allegations against him, a spokesman said.
Duke placed a call from Russia to an associate, at the time still
unaware he was the center of an FBI investigation, a spokesman
"He was outraged at this invasion of his home," said
Vincent Edwards, a spokesman for Duke's National Organization For
European-American Rights, or N.O.F.E.A.R. "He believes 100
percent that this is a political effort to defame him. He's never
been charged with a crime. It's nothing but a smear
campaign at this point."
He said Duke was preparing a statement, which would be released
later. U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan, who is in charge of the
investigation, did not return a phone call for comment.
Edwards sad Duke had been out of contact last week because he had
rented a flat in Russia with no phone service, and his cellular
phone service was
The former Ku Klux Klan leader has been in Russia to promote his
new book "The Ultimate Supremacism," in which Duke
argues that Russia and the former Communist bloc can save the
white race from Jewish oligarchs and organized
crime. The book is being published in Russian.
Duke is expected to remain in Russia for several more weeks, after
which his plans are unclear, Edwards said. The federal warrant for
last Thursday's raid of Duke's two-story, brick home in
Mandeville, La., is based in large part on testimony from
It alleges Duke took hundreds of
thousands of dollars he
solicited from supporters of his white supremacist cause and
gambled the money away at casinos.
Edwards said he has never known Duke to visit a casino in the two
years he has worked for him, but said it would not be a crime if
he had. "He has been very clear in his mailings that the
money is for his work and to sustain him personally," Edwards
said. "If he accepts a supporter's check for $25 and happens
to go out to dinner that night and it costs $25, it's not a
Edwards also said he suspects the informants were disgruntled
employees, including a former girlfriend of Duke's who got into
drugs and began hassling Duke for money.
"I think we know who the informants are and they have no
credibility," Edwards said. "Every check that comes in
is processed, logged, and we keep every envelope and every letter,
and they're dated and placed in a box because we know we're going
to be audited," Edwards said. "It would be insanity for
him to have one single dollar misappropriated."
Duke and his supporters claim they have been constant subjects of
government intimidation since Duke won a seat in the Louisiana
House of Representatives in 1989. In the past decade, Duke also
has made relatively strong, but unsuccessful showings in races for
the U.S. Senate in 1990, governor in 1991 and Congress in 1999.
Edwards said he believe the FBI purposely timed its raid when Duke
and his attorney were out of town and took numerous documents that
would allow them to create files on many of Duke's associates and
"Some of the files they took had nothing to do with their
investigation, like letters from prisoners asking for free copies
of his book," Edwards said.