Former manager at ACU pleads guilty to embezzling

June 6, 2011 - 5:29 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The former administrative director at one of the nation's most prominent conservative organizations has pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the group.

Diana Carr had kept the books at the Alexandria-based American Conservative Union. On Monday she pleaded to a count of mail fraud in federal court in Alexandria.

She is the ex-wife of David Keene, who until this year had been the ACU's longtime chairman. He is now National Rifle Association president.

Court documents say she took $120,000 to $400,000 over a period of several years.

The ACU is probably best known for hosting an annual conference called CPAC that regularly draws leading presidential candidates and other top conservative speakers. Its board includes numerous prominent conservatives, including John Bolton, Grover Norquist and Morton Blackwell.