Canton Repository

September 16, 2006

OTHERS SNARED IN BRIBERY SCANDAL

COPLEY NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - Seven people have been convicted so far in the wide-ranging Justice Department probe of bribery, fraud and corruption that grew out of a scheme to defraud Indian tribes orchestrated by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. They include:

n Michael Scanlon, a partner with Abramoff, who pleaded guilty Nov. 21 to conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with the tribal lobbying scheme. He is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

n Adam Kidan, a New York businessman who pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud in connection with his and Abramoff’s purchase of the Sun Cruz casino in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

n JACK Abramoff, who pleaded guilty Jan. 3 and 4 to conspiracy to commit bribery, fraud and tax evasion in the tribal lobbying scheme, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud in the Sun Cruz purchase. He is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

n Tony Rudy, former lobbyist and aide to ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. Rudy pleaded guilty March 31 to conspiracy to commit fraud and violate lobbying restrictions for former congressional staff. He is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

n Neil Volz, ex-lobbyist and former chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio (Heath). Volz pleaded guilty May 7 to conspiracy to commit fraud and violate lobbying restrictions for former congressional staff. Volz admitted to committing the crimes while working for Ney and Abramoff. He is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

n David Safavian, who was convicted by a jury June 20 of making false statements and obstructing an investigation into his relationship with Abramoff while he was chief of staff to then-General Services Administration head Stephen Perry.

n Roger G. Stillwell, a former Interior Department employee who pleaded guilty Aug. 11 to a misdemeanor charge of failing to report gifts he received from Abramoff.