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JFK Document Forger Indicted

July 9, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ A document dealer who admitted forging papers to make it appear as if President Kennedy had an affair with Marilyn Monroe has been indicted on mail and wire fraud charges.

Lawrence Cusack III, 47, of Fairfield, Conn., was accused in Wednesday’s indictment of cheating dozens of investors around the country of up to $7 million.

Prosecutors alleged he sold ownership shares of letters and notes purportedly written by Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Miss Monroe. Postal Inspector John G. Feiter said in court papers that Cusack has admitted he forged the documents.

Cusack, 47, provided author Seymour Hersh with documents purportedly showing that Kennedy set up a trust for Miss Monroe’s mother to buy her daughter’s silence about the alleged affair.

The documents initially formed the basis for a chapter in Hersh’s book ``The Dark Side of Camelot.″ Hersh deleted the chapter before publication last year after their authenticity was challenged.

Cusack claimed to have found 700 documents relating to the Kennedy family, Miss Monroe and Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana in the files of his father, Lawrence Cusack, a lawyer who died in 1985.

Cusack, who is free on a $2.5 million personal recognizance bond, is scheduled to be arraigned July 16. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of 13 fraud counts.

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