Monday, November 21, 2005

Scanlon To Rat Out At Least 6 Members of Congress

Corrupt lobbyist Michael Scanlon entered his plea of guilt in a D.C. federal court today on bribery and fraud charges. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Scanlon has agreed to repay $19.7 million to Indian tribes he defrauded. He faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine, but the prison sentence may be reduced based upon Scanlon’s promise to cooperate in the government’s ongoing investigation.

And just how is he cooperating? He plans to rat out at least six members of Congress and other high-ups both in and out of government. The Washington Post writes: “Investigators are looking at half a dozen members of Congress, current and former senior Hill aides, a former deputy secretary of the interior, and [Jack] Abramoff's former lobbying colleagues, according to sources familiar with the probe who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Because of his central role in much of Abramoff's business, Scanlon could be a key witness in any trials that arise from the case.”

Congressman Bob Ney (R-Ohio) is one of the members Scanlon bribed according to attorneys close to the case. House Majority Leader In Exile Tom DeLay (R-TX) is likely to be ensnared in the investigation as well. Scanlon worked for DeLay before joining Abramoff’s lobbying firm.

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