"A Bold and Successful Conspiracy to Defraud" McClure, Joseph M. The Evans Embezzlement; Or, The History of a Bold and Successful Conspiracy to Defraud the State of Pennsylvania. $198,911 58 Retained as Compensation for Thirty-One Days of Alleged Service. $291,046 91 Lost to the State Through the Gross Negligence of a Public Officer. Philadelphia: [s.n.], 1872. 68 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Vertical crease to center, moderate toning to exterior, light chipping and edgewear to wrappers, some wear to spine ends, head of spine crudely mended with tape, small scrap of paper pasted (intentionally?) over date at foot of front wrapper. Light toning to interior, faint dampstaining to edges, some fading to text block, small spots and stains in a few places, some signatures unopened. $500. * Only edition. The Evans scandal took place in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War, when state and federal governments were struggling to determine who would bear the heavy financial burden of the war. In response to the nearly $2 billion levied on Pennsylvania by the federal government, the state made its own counterclaim, and George O. Evans [d.1875] was made responsible for collecting that claim. From 1867-1871, he collected over $900,000 from the federal government, but pocketed $291,000 of it himself and declared bankruptcy when apprehended, including a claim of $198,000 as an unpaid fee. None of the money was ever recovered from Evans. OCLC locates 6 copies, none in law schools.
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