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Guilty pleas[ edit ] Scanlon and Abramoff both pleaded guilty to a variety of criminal charges related to the scheme.
On January 3,Abramoff pleaded guilty to three felony counts— conspiracyfraud, and tax evasion—involving charges stemming principally from his lobbying activities in Washington on behalf of Native American tribes. Steven Grilesformer Deputy Secretary of the U. Department of Interiorpleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Senate investigation of the Abramoff scandal.
A political appointee, he was the top Bush administration official to plead guilty in the scandal. The guilty pleas signed by Abramoff in early January state that he bribed public officials. One of the cases of bribery described in detail involves a person identified as "Representative 1," who was reported by the Washington Post to be Representative Bob Ney R-OH.
Ney's spokesman confirmed that Ney was the representative identified, but denied any improper influence. Abramoff used these persons' influence to lobby their former Congressional employers, in violation of a one-year federal ban on such lobbying.
On June 22, the U. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs released its final report on the scandal. After being paid, Reid agreed to assist Abramoff in matters concerning Indian casinos. State prosecution continued in Texas, which ended in November with DeLay being found guilty of conspiracy and money laundering.
In Januaryhe was sentenced to three years in state prison. InAbramoff began representing Native American tribes that were seeking to establish gambling on reservations, starting with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The Choctaw originally had lobbied the federal government directly, but beginning inthey found that many of the congressional members who had responded to their issues had either retired or were defeated in the " Republican Revolution " of the elections.
Nell Rogersthe tribe's specialist on legislative affairs, had a friend who was familiar with Abramoff's father and Abramoff's work as a Republican activist. The tribe contacted Preston Gates, and soon after hired the firm and Abramoff.
One of Abramoff's first actions was to defeat a Congressional bill that sought to use the unrelated business income tax UBIT to tax Native American casinos; it was sponsored by Reps.
According to Washington Business Forward, a lobbying trade magazine, " [Tom DeLay] was a major factor in those victories, and the fight helped cement the alliance between the two men. The Choctaw needed to defeat a bill in the Alabama State Legislature that would allow casino-style games at dog racing tracks.
This would have resulted in competition for their casino business. Reed had recently contacted Abramoff via email, looking for some help in establishing new business.
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