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D-Day group's ex-lawyer admits to defrauding state

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former lawyer for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation said Friday that he helped the foundation's former president defraud Virginia out of $5.2 million to help build the monument.

In a deal with prosecutors to avoid wire fraud charges, Robert Harrison Jr. agreed to testify against Richard Burrow, whose federal fraud trial ended in December with a hung jury.

"Before this occurred we never had somebody on the inside" to help with the investigation, U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said.

Burrow was accused of lying about the foundation's fund-raising activities in order to secure loans for the struggling memorial.

Federal prosecutors plan to bring a new indictment against him.