Disgraced Hare Krishna released from prison


Jun 3, 2003
Disgraced Hare Krishna released from prison
New York Times |
"Kirtananda Swami Bhaktipada was once a major figure in the Hare Krishna movement. For the past several years, he has been in a federal prison in North Carolina after pleading guilty to racketeering charges. Released on June 16, Mr. Bhaktipada, a Peekskill native who was born Keith Gordon Ham, returned to Manhattan and took up residence in the downtown headquarters of his Hare Krishna splinter organization, the Interfaith League of Devotees... he pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering, admitting to his role in the scams and murders. After the swami's imprisonment, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness conducted its own investigation and determined that he had committed sexual abuse against two children."

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