Former Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles, leaves the U.S. Federal Court in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2007, after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in a Senate committee's investigation, becoming the highest-ranking Bush administration official convicted in the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal. On June 26, he was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Former Ohio Rep. Bob Ney leaves U.S. Federal Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, where he was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for his role in a congressional bribery scandal. He began serving his sentence on March 1.
Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, seen getting off the Rayburn House Office Building subway on his way to a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. June 27, 2006. Dogged by his association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Ney announced on Aug. 7 that he is abandoning his re-election bid for a seventh term, although he has not been charged and denies wrongdoing.
David Safavian and his wife Jennifer leave the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington, D.C., after he was found guilty June 20, 2006, of covering up his dealings with Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff. Safavian, who had resigned from his White House post last year as the federal government's chief procurement officer, was convicted on four of five felony counts of lying and obstruction.
Tribe Calls For Investigation
A meeting between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Christopher Petras is discussed in an excerpt of an Oct. 4, 2001, e-mail from Abramoff, a portion of which is shown on June 20, 2006. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe wants the U.S. Dept. of Justice to investigate Petras, a former employee, and his ties to the tainted lobbyist.
Jack Abramoff leaves the federal courthouse in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, March 29, 2006, after being sentenced to five years, 10 months in prison in the SunCruz Casinos fraud case. The former lobbyist and political fundraiser will remain free while he cooperates in a Washington corruption probe.
Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, left, and one of his attorneys, Abbe Lowell, leave the federal courthouse in Miami, Fla., after sentencing in the SunCruz fraud case March 29, 2006. Abramoff and former business partner Adam Kidan pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and fraud charges stemming from their $147.5 million purchase of the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet. Both were sentenced to 5 years, 10 months in jail.
New York businessman Adam Kidan, a former business partner of Jack Abramoff, arrives at the federal courthouse in Miami, Fla. for sentencing in the SunCruz Casinos fraud case, Wednesday, March 29, in Miami, Fla. The men received sentences of five years and 10 months in prison. They will be on probation for three years after their release.
This court document obtained by the Associated Press and dated Thursday, March 23, 2006, is a letter to a federal judge written by Rep Dana Rohrabacher, D-Calif., requesting leniency in the sentencing of fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff. More than 260 friends, relatives and beneficiaries of Abramoff and Adam Kidan wrote letters on their behalf.
Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff arrives at the federal justice building in Miami, Fla., Jan. 4, 2006. Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud charges, acknowledging he faked documents to get a $60 million loan to buy the SunCruz fleet of gambling ships in 2000. The documents falsely claimed Abramoff and business partner Adam Kidan had put $23 million of their own money into the deal.
SunCruz VII, one of a fleet of SunCruz Casinos gambling boats, docked in Dania Beach, Fla., Aug. 12, 2005. Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and business partner Adam Kidan admitted concocting a fake $23 million wire transfer to make it appear they had made a large cash contribution to the $147.5 million purchase of SunCruz Casinos. Based on that fake transfer, lenders provided the pair with $60 million in financing.
The Lobbyist & Washington
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff leaves Federal Court in Washington, D.C., Jan. 3, 2006, after pleading guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, and agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors investigating the influence peddling that has threatened powerful members of the U.S. Congress. At right is his attorney Abbe Lowell.
Jack Abramoff, right, listens to his attorney Abbe Lowell on Capitol Hill, Sept. 29, 2004, as Abramoff refused to answer questions before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. The government says Abramoff and former business partner Michael Scanlon, a one-time aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, pocketed tens of millions of dollars from Indian-tribe clients.