Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Abramoff Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Florida Case

As William Braingin reports in the Washington Post, former lobbyist turned pariah Jack Abramoff was sentenced to 5 years, 10 months by a federal court in Florida today in connection with Abramoff's purchase of the SunCruz casino company. Abramoff and his partner Adam Kidan were convicted for wire fraud for faking a $23 million wire transfer in order to obtain further loans to finance the purchase of SunCruz.

The SunCruz deal was the subject of the remarks made in the Congressional Record by Ohio Congressman Bob Ney on behalf of Abramoff. In a separate set of charges to those for which he was sentenced today, Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing a member of Congress. While the member was not named explicitly, surrounding facts made clear that the congressperson was Ney. Ney, who in addition to receiving campaign contributions from Abramoff and his clients also took golf trips to Scotland on Abramoff's dime, has not yet been charged.

Other members of Congress who received campaign contributions from Abramoff and his clients and took official actions on his or their behalf also have not faced charges to date. This list includes Rep. Tom DeLay and Rep. John Doolittle.

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