Abramoff Sentenced to Over Five Years in Fraud Charges

This is separate from the sentences he’ll receive for bribing Ohio Republican congressman Bob Ney and possibly Tom DeLay and others:

Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a business partner were sentenced Wednesday to five years and 10 months in federal prison, the minimum they faced for fraud related to their 2000 purchase of the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.

Abramoff and Adam Kidan both pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud, but they won’t have to report to prison immediately….

Abramoff and 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 same week Abramoff pleaded guilty to the SunCruz fraud, he entered guilty pleas to three federal charges as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe that could involve up to 20 members of Congress and aides, including former House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay, R-Texas.

The two also face questioning regarding the mob-style murder of the owner of SunCruz, Gus Boulis.

3 Comments

  • Maggie in Wyoming
    March 29, 2006 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    John Wayne would have turned him over to the Indians for his punishment. He is getting off very lightly for all he did. His actions will resonate for years in our government. But then, Republican Gods are his guardians. Maggie

  • March 29, 2006 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    In all these cases involving corruption or other wrong-doing, perhaps the prosecutors should get creative and hold back a couple of charges in case Bush pardons these people in his last two years.

  • Stephen Kriz
    March 30, 2006 - 3:45 am | Permalink

    If they dig a little deeper, they may find Abramoff to be a murderer as well. Remember the name Gus.

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