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By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

(Toledo) – Suit was filed in Federal District Court against the United States and Representative Marcy Kaptur (Dem – OH).  The suit filed by Nick Hauptricht, 100% disabled Marine Vietnam vet and long time veterans activist claims Kaptur’s staff is responsible for misleading him into spending thousands “out of pocket” to help finance a veterans memorial project.

Kaptur is the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives, 2nd ranking member of House appropriations and the influential House Defense Appropriations Sub-committee.  Kaptur has “cruised” to reelection time and time again with strong backing from local labor unions, teachers and the substantial Polish Catholic community in Northwest Ohio.

The suit started two months ago in local district court as a Small Claims case demanding a partial reimbursement of $3400 to cover expenses Hauptricht indicates he paid out of his veterans disability checks.

When interviewed, Haupricht said:

“When Marcy appointed me memorial chairman for the new project in Toledo, I had no idea she had no authority to do that.  I spent thousands, nearly every


cent I had to my name, arranged events and worst of all, when we had scheduled a Medal of Honor winner to come to Toledo for a fundraiser, sponsored by dozens of local organizations, I suddenly had the rug pulled out from under me.  Kaptur’s staff phoned and directed me to cancel the event as they had made ‘some mistakes.’

They then told me, not asked but told, mind you, to place a display ad in the local paper announcing the cancellation.  This ad alone nearly cost a months wages.  Nearly every word I have been told for months has been a misstatement or mistake of one kind or another with me paying the bills and them walking away.”


News of the Kaptur/Haupricht scandal hit local papers, TV and radio stations but has been overshadowed of late by an incident involving Rich Iott, Kaptur’s opponent.  Iott, former owner of the Foodtown supermarket chain, a “Colonel” in the Ohio Militia, an official state organization affiliated with the National Guard and longtime “reinactor” was photographed wearing an SS uniform at a veterans fundraiser event.  Local Jewish organizations quickly labeled Iott an “anti-Semite” and “Nazi” even though Iott is a lifelong supporter of Israel and Zionist causes.

Within 24 hours, the charges against Iott hit the national news and the local airwaves were filled with attack ads accusing Iott of being a Nazi sympathizer.  The fact that Iott has over 40 different uniforms he uses at events and has appeared in historical reenactments as everything from a British “Tommy” to a Civil War cavalryman has been carefully ignored.

Thus, we have the rare situation of a wealthy republican, pro-Israeli Zionist and conservative being attacked by Jewish organization and being subjected to irresponsible attack ads.


Kaptur talks of little but Iott’s historical reenactments, listing a litany of feelings, disgust, revulsion and outright terror.

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Kaptur’s own personal life is a mystery.  In her 60s, never married, never in a serious relationship, Kaptur has long been the subject of discussion as to sexual preference, too often from “wagging tongues” on the conservative right.  After the revelations of FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, that female members of the house with key committee assignments had been blackmailed after being seduced by foreign nationals, seduced into having “non-heterosexual” liaisons, the issue of homosexuality and members of congress has become on of national security.  No accusations have been made directly regarding Kaptur but, locally, there has been little but talk.

Brad Bradstein writes on the Sibel Edmonds deposition testimony involving lesbian blackmail in congress:

In this first break-down article, we’ll look at the answers given by Edmonds during her deposition in regard to bribery and blackmail of current and former members of the U.S. Congress, including Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA,deceased) and an unnamed, currently-serving, married Democratic Congresswoman said to have been video-taped in a Lesbian affair by Turkish agents for blackmail purposes.

There is no evidence that Kaptur is the individual referred to.  However, were such allegations of “vulnerability” of any kind to become public, Kaptur, whose strong stance against abortion, stem cell research and other issues that have set her apart from her democratic colleagues, would suffer irreparable political fallout.  Her vicious attacks on Iott almost beg this kind of retaliation, attacks, however, Iott has avoided taking part in.  Nor has Iott commented on the veterans scandal although Nick Haupricht has volunteered to aid the Iott campaign.  Haupricht further states:

“Marcy represents herself as a friend to veterans.  This is what I always thought.  However, when having to work with her and her staff, I just don’t see her in that light anymore, she just doesn’t seem to care, like it had all been some kind of act.”

Research into Kaptur’s voting record, however, reveal strong stances on veterans issues and a history of support for veteran and military funding initiatives.



Congress passed laws protecting themselves and their staff from legal actions tied to their own wrongdoing to the point of covering fraud and theft.  Mechanisms for investigating financial irregularities of members of Congress are controlled by congress itself and not open to the public in any way, nor is GAO oversight of involvement of members of congress in questionable dealings.

Members of congress and their staff are, in fact, only accountable to the media.  They and their staffs are virtually untouchable otherwise, to a degree very very few Americans can imagine.


The Toledo veterans memorial project began to fall apart when Haupricht along with congressional staffer, Dan Foote, another Vietnam veteran, local attorney Vesper Williams II and this reporter began a “paper trail” hunt for millions of dollars of military artifacts held by a local museum group run by powerful veterans organizations.

Their charter, dating to after the Civil War, tasked them with maintaining, preserving and insuring thousands of pieces of militaria.  According to the FBI office, these items are technically considered the same as art and laws that apply to items stolen during the Holocaust apply to museum relics also.  The theft or conversion of a military artifact has no statute of limitations.  A stolen artifact, even one sold a dozen times, can be seized 50 years later.  Possessing a stolen museum artifact without proof it was acquired legally is a felony.

What was discovered:

Several famous painting by Carolyn Ransom Williams and Gilbert Gall are missing along with uniforms, not one or two but hundreds, swords, pistols and hundreds of muskets and rifles.  In fact, thousands of artifacts are missing.  The local museum group that is funded to secure these items has refused to answer any requests, even as to their own officers.  However, investigations have shown that veterans organization members, including state commanders are directly involved and some of the regions most prominent citizens.

Artifacts were displayed, for many years, at a large museum built and funded by the city.  In the 1950s, the property was sold for a small percentage of its value and turned over to members of a “fraternal organization” to manage a parking lot.  The artifacts were then transferred to the Toledo Zoo for display.  From here, as witness statements were collected, a tale of misfortune, stolen history and betrayed trust became obvious.


“Uniforms were discarded by the barrel full, but not sent to a dump, but sold to collectors.  Muskets and swords were handed out like party favors, ending up being sold to collectors.”

Museums from all over the country got involved, the Smithsonian, the Medal of Honor Museum, the Tennessee Historical Society and others, all warning that this is a common story, that collectors will “get to” museum officials and “money talks.”

A century of Ohio history disappeared, up to $10 million in military relics were “removed” illegally, some auctioned, some simply given away, some now seen on Ebay.  When this became a “political football” the idea of a veterans memorial took second place to ending the investigation which had gone to the state attorney general, local police and even the FBI, an investigation that could eventually jail many of the regions top political leaders.

As many as five Congressional Medals of Honor may be missing stolen and sold to collectors.”


After being appointed by Kaptur, Nick Haupricht tried to make an appointment to discuss plans.  Calls weren’t returned, nothing was scheduled.  Haupricht then went to her church, meeting her on the way out and requested a planning meeting.  No meeting was scheduled.  He then sent letters, first by regular mail, then by registered mail.  By that time, he had spent over $16,000, nearly his entire disability back pay. Haupricht finally filed suit in small claims court to recover those expenses that he said “Marcy’s office contracted for these directly.”


Hauptricht then began receiving threats.  “Leave Marcy alone,” and “Watch your back.”  The latest one was yesterday.

Representative Kaptur’s office was contacted by this reporter repeatedly and they have yet to respond.  All efforts to mediate this issue have been refused by Rep. Kaptur’s office.

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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.