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LaRouche Says He And Cellmate Jim Bakker Were Victims Of Plot

November 2, 1990 GMT

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) _ Imprisoned political extremist Lyndon LaRouche recently had fallen television evangelist Jim Bakker for a cellmate but says he’s happy to be in a new cell with fewer visitors.

Bakker and LaRouche spent a month together in a 10-by-16-foot cinder-block cell in the federal penitentiary in Rochester, Minn., where both are serving lengthy terms for fraud and conspiracy convictions in separate cases.

LaRouche told The Herald of Rock Hill in a telephone interview published today that he and Bakker were compatible, but he’s relieved to have a new cellmate now.

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He said Bakker, founder of the PTL television ministry, gets a lot of mail and has a ″big retinue of admirers (within the prison) who would constantly come around.″

LaRouche, a longtime proponent of intricate conspiracy theories, insisted that he and Bakker were innocent victims of secret plots by the Reagan and Bush administrations.

″There’s been a targeting of anyone or any group which had independent financing, which had political clout, and Jim’s group was getting political clout,″ LaRouche said.

A four-time fringe presidential candidate currently running for the seat in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, LaRouche, 68, is serving a 15-year sentence on mail and tax fraud charges. He masterminded a plot to siphon millions of dollars from three corporations forced into bankruptcy.

Bakker, 49, is serving a 45-year sentence on charges of conspiracy and mail fraud for overselling lifetime partnerships to the now-bankrupt PTL ministry at Heritage USA near Fort Mill, S.C.

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