Guilty Verdict In Fraud Case Involving Jfk Forgeries

John F Kennedy Letters

NEW YORK — The son of a prominent lawyer was found guilty Friday of selling forged documents claiming President John F. Kennedy paid hush money to keep secret an affair with Marilyn Monroe.

Lawrence X. Cusack III, 48, of Fairfield, Conn., who made a fortune selling hundreds of Kennedy-linked documents he claimed came from his late father, was convicted on 13 mail- and wire-fraud charges.

At his sentencing in July, Cusack faces up to 5 years in prison on each of the 13 fraud counts, and a maximum $250,000 fine on each count.

The case caused a furor in 1997 after author Seymour Hersh deleted material based on the documents from his book, “The Dark Side of Camelot,” after the authenticity of the papers was questioned.

According to the papers, Kennedy had set up a trust for Monroe’s mother to buy her daughter’s silence about the alleged affair between the president and the actress.

Prosecutors said Cusack swindled investors out of millions by selling phony letters bearing Kennedy’s forged signature.

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