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Suit against ANA Widens
By David L. Ganz, Numismatic News
May 30, 2013

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Former American Numismatic Association Executive Director Larry Shepherd broadened his lawsuit against the ANA May 24 when his lawyers filed an amended complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, located in Chicago.

The new allegations include a claim that several individual defendants who were either officers or employees of ANA conspired in a manner that would be a “violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act,” referred to as RICO.

Named as defendants are former ANA general counsel Ronald Sirna; current ANA president Thomas Hallenbeck, ANA chief financial officer now executive director Kimberly Kiick; Jay Beeton, former ANA marketing director, and former board member J.P. Martin, who previously had also been ANACS director when the ANA owned the grading service.

Shepherd also claims retaliatory discharge, blaming former ANA employees and a current officer for the ANA board’s decision to let him go.

Also included is a charge of defamation against the ANA, Kiick and Beeton.

Shepherd also claims that “ANA board members Hallenbeck and Martin supported and concealed thefts from ANA and retaliated against Mr. Shepherd for his efforts to uncover the thefts and to assist law enforcement in their investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.”

Thefts relate to losses of over $500,000 from the ANA Museum over the past several years. That separately led to at least one arrest and a prison term.

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