1 09-29-87 10:05 aed MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ A Hare Krishna swami said today he and his

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1 09-29-87 10:05 aed MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ A Hare Krishna swami said today he and his religious leader are scheduled to appear in federal court next week and respond to their alleged involvement in a fire insurance scam. Krishna devotee Thomas Drescher, also known as Tirtha Swami, said a hearing is scheduled next Monday in U.S. District Court at Elkins. Drescher and Keith Ham, a.k.a. Swami Kirtanananda Bhaktipada, were named Sept. 16 in an eight-count indictment released by a federal grand jury. However, a federal court spokeswoman said today she found no record of the hearing date. Drescher and Ham are accused of burning a building in 1983 at the Krishna community in Marshall County to collect $40,000 from Inland Insurance Co. of Huntington. Both men have denied any wrongdoing. Ham said last week he intends to fight the charges with religious principles and called ongoing state and federal investigations of his temple a "war between the godly and ungodly." Drescher is serving a life sentence at the West Virginia Penitentiary after being found guilty of murdering another Krishna devotee in 1983.

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