BOSTON — Federal prosecutors dropped conspiracy and fraud charges against Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. on Friday, moments before a Virginia judge sentenced the political extremist to 15 years in prison for related offenses.
All charges against LaRouche and six associates were dropped. The Justice Department refused to drop charges against three co-defendants who are fugitives.
The Boston case--in which LaRouche was accused of conspiring to obstruct an investigation of an alleged $2-million credit card and loan fraud--ended in a mistrial in May after five months of testimony. A new trial was to begin in February.
LaRouche was sentenced in Alexandria, Va., to 15 years in prison for scheming to defraud federal tax collectors and deliberately failing to repay more than $30 million in loans from political supporters.