Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Still More on Greg Mortenson

by Gary Snyder

NPR brings us an update where millions of people bought Greg Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea about his work building schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many gave money to his charity. Then, earlier this year, a 60 Minutes investigation charged that Mortenson fabricated key parts of his story — and used funds from the charity for himself.

A group of readers is suing him for fraud. They were saying that because parts of the book are false, that people who bought the book basically did so under false pretenses. What they were reading is not what actually happened, therefore they should be reimbursed the money they paid for the books.

The state of Montana attorney general's office has also launched a civil investigation into this. Greg Mortenson has been silent on this. He did not come to a court hearing two weeks ago in Missoula. His schedule on his website has been unavailable for appearances. The reason may be that he has been recovering from heart surgery he had in June.

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