Patrick Dallas Graham, the convicted former CEO of Conquest Labs, Inc., in Lamar, is making another attempt to get out of his prison sentence, it appears.
Graham, 64, currently a resident of the state penitentiary at Cameron, filed a lawsuit March 20 in Cole County Circuit Court against Larry Crawford, head of the Missouri Department of Corrections.
This makes at least a dozen court actions brought by Graham since he was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge David Darnold in 1997.
Graham was convicted of fraud after fleecing more than 500 investors, including pop singer Pat Boone, and the Herschend family, owners of Silver Dollar City in Branson, out of more than $5 million they invested in Conquest Labs, which Graham said was working on a vaccine to cure the AIDS virus, as well as other vaccines that would cure cancer and Alzheimer's Disease. In fact, no vaccine existed, and Graham was pouring the proceeds into his own pockets.
He was indicted by a Barton County grand jury in February 1996, following a May 23, 1995, raid of his office on the Lamar square.
More background on the Graham case is featured at this link.