New Orleans (Dec. 19, 2002) -- Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has pleaded guilty to mail and tax fraud for soliciting money from supporters and then using the bulk of the cash to feed a casino gambling habit.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Jim Letten said that as part of the plea agreement with the government, Duke returned to the United States and has agreed to serve a 15-month sentence. Until his return late last week, Duke had been lecturing and speaking in Russia and other countries as part of a crusade for "white survival" against Jews and non-Europeans.

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