Friday, November 18, 2005

Scanlon Indicted, plea with cooperation likely

"Michael Scanlon, a former associate of indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was charged by the Justice Department with conspiracy to corrupt a U.S. lawmaker and defraud Scanlon's Indian-tribe clients.

Scanlon, a former aide to U.S. Representative Tom DeLay, will propose a plea agreement at a hearing scheduled for Nov. 21, said his lawyer, Stephen Braga. . . "

Scanlon's indictment has also brought more gloom to the already troubled Ohio GOP.

"Representative Robert Ney, an Ohio Republican, as chairman of the House Administration Committee, awarded a contract in 2002 to Foxcom Wireless, now Vienna, Virginia-based MobileAccess Networks, to install cell-phone transmission equipment at the Capitol. Foxcom paid Abramoff's law firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, $280,000 in 2003 and 2004. Foxcom's lobbyists included former Ney chief of staff Neil Volz."

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