Guess What Happened to Drew Pritt
The notorious Caleb (Drew) Pritt, accused of stealing funds raised for a wounded vet and fleeing the state is now running for public office in Arkansas.
Pritt became well-known in Alaska when he left the state after a sum of money raised from a drag show to upgrade a home for a wounded veteran went missing. The drag show benefit raised about $3,000 for the project, but the funds were never seen.
The wounded soldier was Latseen Benson, son of former Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Diane Benson. He lost both of his legs in a bomb blast while serving in Iraq, and the funds were designated for upgrades to his home designed to accommodate his disability. Caleb Pritt (who also goes by the name Drew) had been Diane Benson’s campaign manager. Ms. Benson described Pritt as a “predator” stating that he had “betrayed our trust.”
The Mudflats’ Linda Kellen Biegel reported on the story in September of 2011. She knew both Pritt, and Benson personally.
1) Caleb (Drew) claimed (to me) that he wasn’t going to have anything to do with the money from the fundraiser. After talking to someone who helped count the money, I discovered that was incorrect.
2) Caleb claimed to have sent a check “right before Coronation” to “Homes For Our Troops” and a few of us kept talking to them to find out where it was. It turns out he never sent it…he cashed it. (I have a scanned-in copy of the cashed check with Caleb’s endorsement on it.)
3) Caleb requested of at least one person who wrote a check for a won auction item that they make the check out to “Caleb Pritt.” (I now have a scanned copy of that check as well.)
Pritt is now running to become a Justice of the Peace in Arkansas, and after researching the candidate, KLRT Fox 16 in Little Rock filed this story which details this incident and others in which Pritt stood accused of mismanaging, and absconding with funds from political campaigns.
Arkansans are now warned.