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fornia for North Carolina. I came East as expeditiously as possible â€”considering the business which demanded my attention enroute. At no time this past month or year have I been outside the United States. Regardless of libelous statements made to the contrary by many Northern newspapers interested in the investigation.
“I have returned to Asheville voluntarily for two excellent reasons. I have not knowingly or willfully committed any offense against the status, peace or dignity of the State of North Carolina, and inasmuch as the authorities have demanded my presence here for trial on charges that I deem unfounded. I did not propose under the general financial distress to cause the overburdened tax-payers of Buncombe County the slightest expense to return me to the jurisdiction of this court.”
Since his indictment last May 23, officers have been on the outlook for Pelley. His attorneys notified the solicitor and sheriff today that defendant would surrender this afternoon. The bond of $2,500 was made by the Consolidated Bond Company, Inc., of Asheville. This company also made bond for two of Mr. Pelley’s associates who were indicted at the same time. Pelley and two of his aides, Robert C. Summerville and Don D. Kellogg, were indicted by the Buncombe County grand jury on May 23, charged with violating state “Blue Sky” laws. The indictment contained 16 counts, 11 alleging the trio sold stock in the Galahad Press, Inc., in violation of the laws of the state. Each count naming a different purchaser.
One count alleged trio made fraudulent representations to prospective purchasers of the stock, quoting an article in the magazine Liberation.