Wayne LaPierre illegally failed to disclose being treated to vacations on posh 108-foot-yachts in the Bahamas while he ran the National Rifle Association, lawyers for New York state claimed at the start of his corruption trial on Monday.
During his three-decade-long stint as the powerful head of the gun-rights group, LaPierre allegedly spent time aboard two yachts — known as “Illusions” and “Grand Illusion” — in trips paid for by David and Laura McKenzie, who owned an ad agency that the NRA spent hundreds of millions of dollars on.
But LaPierre, 74, did not mention the excursions on the nonprofit organization’s annual filings — which require the disclosure of any gift from a vendor worth more than $250, Attorney General Letitia James’ office claimed.
“The NRA allowed Wayne LaPierre and his group of NRA insiders… to operate the NRA as ‘Wayne’s World’ for decades,” state prosecutor Monica Connell argued in opening statements at what’s expected to be a six-week-trial in Manhattan Supreme Court.
LaPierre, who announced Friday that he’d be resigning from his post at the end of the month, also showered loyalists on the group’s board with bonuses and…