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Meisner Impersonator Pleads Guilty

March 11, 1998 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A con man who impersonated former Eagles bass guitarist Randy Meisner for 10 years has pleaded guilty to felony fraud charges.

Lewis Morgan, 52, entered guilty pleas Monday to charges of fraud and grand theft related to a long con in which he passed himself off as Meisner and collected free guitars, clothing and cash in his name.

``It’s a strange scam but he fooled a lot of people,″ police inspector Curtis Cashen said of Morgan, who was arrested last month in Atlanta.

The impersonator also made enemies, including a former fan who came to an Eagles concert with an ice pick to exact revenge, said Meisner, who split with the band in 1978 and was snubbed for a reunion tour in 1994.

Meisner has said he wonders if the impersonator caused bad blood with his former band mates.

In 1988, Morgan was charged with posing as Eagles drummer Don Henley and then jumped bail in Las Vegas. He surfaced with everything from fake IDs to personalized guitar picks to pass himself off as Meisner at casinos, hotels and guitar shops around the country, police said.

Morgan pleaded guilty in return for two years in jail and must pay an undetermined amount for restitution. He still faces charges on the bail jumping.