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Posted: 7/19/2001 6:30:54 PM EDT
FUNDS GONE MISSING PUTS INTEGRITY OF ILLINOIS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT AT ISSUE By John Birch, President, Concealed Carry, Inc., PO BOX 4597, Oak Brook, IL 60522-4597 Tel: 630 986-8550 Email: John@concealcarry.org Fax: 815 327-1152 WEB LINK: http://www.concealcarry.org/ Late last night Concealed Carry, Inc. was informed of credible allegations of financial impropriety on the part of ISRA President Richard Pearson. The document we now have in our possession is a "Stipulation and Consent Order" issued by the Illinois Department of Insurance against Richard A. Pearson and his agency "Shafer Pearson Agency, Inc." Concealed Carry, Inc. has confirmed the authenticity of this document with the State of Illinois. **** SUMMARY OF ORDER AGAINST PEARSON: The essence of the allegations are that Pearson withdrew funds (commissions) he was not entitled to from a trust fund that was to hold premium payments for his clients. The stipulation reads: "Therefore, the Licensee (Pearson)...has misappropriated money required to be held in a fiduciary capacity in violation of the Illinois Insurance Code." The order against Pearson strips him from being allowed to accept cash payments from his customers, puts severe constraints on the accounting of checks from customers, and orders Pearson to pay $13,000 in civil forfeiture. This is hardly a mere slap on the wrist. The order is signed by both Richard A. Pearson and Nathaniel Shapo, Director, Illinois Department of Insurance on August 10, 2000 and is effective for five years. **** THE COVER-UP: Pearson attempted to block disclosure of this information by hiring Attorney David Wheeler (SRZ Law Offices, One Prudential Plaza, Suite 3800, 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 email: dwheeler@srzlaw.com) to threaten legal action against anyone publishing information about Pearson's legal troubles with the State of Illinois. (NOTE: We understand this is the same law firmed hired by the ISRA that crafted the new by-laws that essentially lock the membership out of even choosing their own Board of Directors.) Wheeler's letter reads in part: "Our law firm represents Mr. Richard A. Pearson, President of the Illinois State Rifle Association." Does this wording mean the ISRA is footing the bill for Pearson's personal legal services? Wheeler then goes on to demand the immediate cessation of publishing or mailing the "Stipulation and Consent Order." The letter set a deadline of July 6, 2001 for compliance and then threatens to take any and all legal action necessary "to protect Mr. Person's (sic) personal privacy." Presumably at ISRA member expense? **** DO THE HONORABLE THING PRESIDENT PEARSON: We are not ones to hold a personal indiscretion against anyone, heck, we have committed many in the past ourselves. However this matter goes to the very heart of the special trust and responsibility we place in our ISRA President in the handling of several $100,000 of our money. Anyone that cannot be trusted to handle cash transactions from his own customers certainly cannot be trusted with our hard earned money, much less with protecting our gun rights.
Link Posted: 7/19/2001 6:33:17 PM EDT
While we are certain the ISRA has checks and balances to prevent fraud, Pearson has demonstrated a propensity to thwart such safeguards. This leaves us with no confidence in Pearson exercising day to day control of the ISRA and any attendant discretionary spending allowed by his office. We formally request that ISRA President Richard A. Pearson immediately resign from office. Further, we request that any member of the ISRA board with knowledge of these allegations explain to the membership why no action was taken by the board to investigate Mr. Pearson in this serious matter of misappropriation of funds. Certainly we would hold out that, by reason of lack of oversight, that no member of the current board is qualified to assume the Presidency of the ISRA. (NOTE: No one from Concealed Carry, Inc. is interested in the job either.) To clean up the ISRA will require bringing in a qualified outsider. Such a man we believe to be former NRA Director, retired police officer, noted gun safety instructor and civil rights activist, Mr. Leroy Pyle (email: lpyle@2ampd.net). (NOTE: Concealed Carry, Inc. did not consult with Mr. Pyle prior to making this unsolicited nomination for his services and he may want nothing to do with cleaning up this mess. We think he's the man for the job in any case.) Should Pearson refuse to resign, the ISRA Board is requested to take such action as allowed by the by-laws to fully investigate and then act on all substantiated allegations regarding Pearson's fitness for office. Until that time, it is suggested that anyone contemplating a donation of funds or membership in the ISRA do so with some prior introspection. **** A RAPID CONCLUSION CALLED FOR: This matter must be concluded quickly so that Illinois' premiere gun rights organization can get on with the important business of getting our lost gun rights back. As for Mr. Pearson, we would hope he would be satisfied to continue on as a proud ISRA member working in the grass roots of the gun rights movement. Mr. Pearson still has much to offer the gun rights community from a position other than the presidency of the ISRA. **** A NOTE TO THOSE WOULD GUN CONTROL US OUT OF EXISTENCE: In no way should you think this incident lessens our resolve in the war for liberty and freedom. We stand stronger today and will be stronger tomorrow. You may enjoy our current discomfiture, but take no joy in thinking our capacity to clean our own house in anyway weakens our movement. **** TO THE READER: We suggest Mr. Pearson may need some polite (and I emphasize the word POLITE) assistance in doing the right thing. He can be contacted at: Tel: (815) 635-3198 Fax: (815) 635-3723 Email: president@isra.org Snail-Mail: PO Box 637, Chatsworth, IL 60921-0637 As the bearer of bad news it would not surprise us if it were our ISRA membership that ends up being revoked. So be it. Readers, you may peruse the documents in our possession at: ORDER AGAINST PEARSON: http://www.concealcarry.org/pearson.pdf LETTER FROM ATTORNEY WHEELER: http://www.concealcarry.org/wheeler.pdf Copyright Concealed Carry, Inc., 2001. Permission to republish the above by anyone, especially the ISRA Illinois Shooter, is expressly and freely given as long as the entire contents, to include this footer, are not altered nor edited in any manner. [b]Shame on all of you that voted for the Old Guard in the ISRA election.[/b]
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 2:46:50 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/20/2001 6:27:54 AM EDT
But wasn't the "old guard" voted in because the members were pissed that John Birch and his buddies threatened to release ISRA membership info to the anti-gun groups? ISRA bylaw info was also threatenend. And those were just two of a number of disturbing things listed.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 8:27:26 AM EDT
Hmmm...and as a supporter of the ISRA, last week I renewed my membership for another year. If all allegations against Pearson are true, then I think he should stand down as President.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 9:36:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Wadman: But wasn't the "old guard" voted in because the members were pissed that John Birch and his buddies threatened to release ISRA membership info to the anti-gun groups? ISRA bylaw info was also threatenend. And those were just two of a number of disturbing things listed.
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Yes, and other disinformation that was spread by the ISRA in order to protect the old guard. Ironically since the old guard was re-elected and the by-laws amended, it will be nearly immpossible to remove anyone from the board including the president. So again for all the people who voted for them and bought the BS that the ISRA made up about John Birch and the rest of the Vision Team, welcome to the New ISRA.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:33:34 AM EDT
Illinois Shooter vol. XXXVII No. 4, pages 16 & 17 show side-by-side ads for and against the Vision Team. Both ads are pretty compelling but apparantly the "Old Guard" made a more compelling argument. [img]http://www.hunting-pictures.com/members/Wadman/ISRA1.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:37:35 AM EDT
[i]THIS[/i] is the opposition for Daley's gun grabbers? Illinois is fucked, your only hope is that the Feds come to rescue you with some positive court decisions. You cant even agree to defend yourselves...
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:40:36 AM EDT
I give the concealcarry guys this, they do have some balls. Balls enough to get attacking in the anti-gun city. Fucking with the fest. Balls enough to stand with fags in their parade, and their group the pink pistols. I could not see the old guard in boys town, no figgin way. The ISRA strength is down south. Majority of the group is south of I-80. Chicago people dont give a fuck. I do agree with the old guard on getting more ranges developed. That is definatly needed in this State. Tired of shooting indoors, or having to drive 1 1/2hrs away. c-rock www.illinois-shooter.org
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:50:32 AM EDT
And to be fair, here's the other ad: [img]http://www.hunting-pictures.com/members/Wadman/ISRA2.jpg[/img] It's not like the antis aren't bad enough in Illinois. Can't two vocal and dedicated groups figure something else out? I know it's easier for the antis because they only want one thing; ban all guns. But criminy!
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