Former Employee Says Owner of Memphis Paper a Plagiarist

april 23, 2003  03:11 pm
Plagiarism at the Tri-State Defender was much more extensive than previously reported, according to the Memphis Flyer, and it may have been perpetrated by the African-American newspaper's current owner, Tom Picou. Last week, Picou told the Flyer that the fraud was committed by an unpaid freelance writer whom he never met in person. This week his former managing editor says she "would stake [her] life on it" that Picou himself was the plagiarist. Most of the stories were lifted straight from the pages of alternative newspapers owned by New Times and Village Voice Media.