Ex-aide to DeLay pleads

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals One of Scanlon’s lawyers, Plato Cacheris, disclosed outside the courthouse after the plea that his client has been cooperating with the prosecution for the past five months. “There have been a lot of conversations” between Scanlon and the Justice Department starting in June, Cacheris said in a brief interview Monday night. In an eight-page statement of facts, Scanlon agreed that he and an unidentified person referred to as Lobbyist A “provided a stream of things of value to public officials in exchange for a series of official acts.” The items to one unidentified congressman or his staff included all-expense-paid trips to the Northern Marianas Islands in 2000, a trip to the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., in 2001 and a golf trip to Scotland in 2002. Based on information already placed on the public record by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Lobbyist A is Abramoff and the congressman is Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio. “Any allegation that Rep. Ney did anything illegal or improper is false,” the congressman’s office said in a statement. Calls to the office of Abramoff’s lawyer were not immediately returned. Scanlon could face up to five years in prison. DeLay is among those facing scrutiny for his associations with Abramoff, including a trip to Scotland and use of Abramoff’s skybox at a Washington sports arena. DeLay, who relinquished his post as House majority leader after a separate indictment in Texas, is due in court today in Austin for a hearing seeking dismissal of conspiracy and money laundering charges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Michael Scanlon, a former partner of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to bribe public officials, a charge growing out of the government investigation of attempts to defraud Indian tribes and corrupt a member of Congress. At the same time, it was disclosed that Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, has been cooperating in a widening criminal investigation of members of Congress since June. Scanlon entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle and was ordered to pay restitution totaling more than $19 million to Indian tribes that he admitted had been defrauded while he and Abramoff represented them. Abramoff and Scanlon were paid more than $80 million between 2001 and 2004 by six American Indian tribes with casinos. last_img

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