December 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Trial date set for former NAPWA director
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Frank Oldham Jr. is accused of stealing from NAPWA. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A Montgomery County, Md., Circuit Court judge has scheduled Feb. 8 as the opening day for the trial of Frank Oldham Jr., the former CEO of the National Association of People with AIDS, who was indicted in September for allegedly stealing between $10,000 and $100,000 from the organization.

According to the indictment, the alleged theft took place three months before NAPWA filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February 2013. At the time of the bankruptcy filing NAPWA announced it was going out of business 30 years after it was founded in 1983 as the nation’s leading organization representing people with AIDS.

At the time of the indictment, Oldham released a statement through his attorney saying he denies the allegations and maintains his innocence.

“In an atmosphere of allegations and baseless rumors, Mr. Oldham welcomes the opportunity to defend himself against these charges and remains dedicated to spreading awareness, expanding access, and serving the needs of the community,” the statement released by his attorney, Thomas DeGonia, said.

Oldham was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Dec. 10, for a pre-trial hearing.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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