Ralph Hall 's R-TX statements on the House floor in which he attacked the credibility of escaped teenaged sex worker "Katrina", in an attempt to discredit her testimony regarding the state of the sex slave industry in the Marianas. He was given a four-year term in prison. On June 8, ,  Abramoff was transferred to a halfway house in Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 31, The tribe discontinued paying the money through Preston Gates when Abramoff suggested that they use Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform as a conduit, to which the tribe agreed.
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Black, the chief prosecutor for Guam and the person who caused the indictment, was removed from the office he had held since The federal grand jury investigation was quickly ended and took no more action. In California attorney and Marshall Islands lobbyist Howard Hills, and Tony Sanchez, a former administrator of the Guam Superior Court, were indicted for unlawful influence, conspiracy for unlawful influence, theft of property held in trust, and official misconduct.
These payments were written out to Hills, but went to Abramoff. Hills trusted Sanchez as a court official. Hills believed that this was temporary and agreed to help with the transition for what he thought was a standard government contract between Abramoff and the court. For this Hills got nothing. Before indictments or investigations were started, Hills ended his temporary contract with Abramoff and reported what he thought was unusual behavior to public officials when he thought that something may be wrong.
In , indictments were issued against Hills and Sanchez. In more indictments were handed down against Abramoff and Abramoff's firm at the time, Greenberg Traurig. The charges against both attorney Howard Hills and Greenberg Traurig have since been dismissed.
On November 15, , Abramoff began serving his term in the minimum security prison of Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland , Maryland, as inmate number The Justice Department asked that he serve his sentence there so that he would be closer to agents in Washington to help with the investigations of his associates. On June 8, ,  Abramoff was transferred to a halfway house in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, he worked for kosher pizza firm Tov Pizza.
He was released from the halfway house on December 3, He promoted his book Capitol Punishment: KidzSearch Safe Wikipedia for Kids. Retrieved December 2, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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Nell Rogers , the 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. Later in , Abramoff enlisted the help of another Republican friend, Ralph Reed. 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.
Hey, now that I'm done with electoral politics, I need to start humping in corporate accounts! I'm counting on you to help me with some contacts. Reed proposed to Abramoff some work which he and his firm, Century Strategies , could perform. On April 6, , Abramoff got Preston Gates to approve hiring Reed as a subcontractor, and told Reed to "get me invoices as soon as possible so I can get Choctaw to get us checks asap.
The tribe discontinued paying the money through Preston Gates when Abramoff suggested that they use Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform as a conduit, to which the tribe agreed. Later in , Abramoff used Reed's services again to oppose the federal Internet Gambling Prohibition Act , on behalf of eLottery, a corporate client. At Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff assembled a " dream team " made up of men who had previously worked as staff for Congressional leaders.
The hiring of Rudy was one of the first instances in a pattern by which Abramoff would directly hire former aides of representatives whom he was actively lobbying.
In Griles and Federici pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Senate investigation of the Abramoff scandal; Griles on March 23 and Federici on June 8.
Abramoff and Michael Scanlon appeared to begin their plan for fraud via an email exchange on June 18, , as documented in "Gimme Five"—Investigation of Tribal Lobbying Matters , the final report of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs' investigation into Abramoff. He set up his own public affairs consulting firm and contacted Abramoff. A few weeks ago you mentioned something to me—I took the concept and have put together a plan that will make serious money.
We also talked briefly about it in the beginning of the year but I think we can really move it now. At some point, Scanlon would use his contacts in the public affairs industry to get the firm acquired at a price of three times the revenue, and Scanlon and Abramoff would split the profits.
This is considered by investigators to be the beginning of what Abramoff and Scanlon would refer to as "gimme five". In , the Louisiana Coushatta tribe were going to renegotiate their gambling compact with the State of Louisiana. The tribe was interested in negotiating a year compact with the state, but was expecting a "very vigorous fight" and were not certain that their current lobbying representatives were up to the challenge.
Abramoff and Scanlon were well recommended to the tribe by a representative of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. Kathryn Van Hoof, the Coushatta's outside counsel, introduced the idea to the Tribal Council that having a high-powered Federal lobbyist could help also with any problems on the state level.
A few weeks later, after collecting details of the Coushatta's lobbying needs from Van Hoof, Abramoff and Scanlon gave a presentation to the Tribal Council. Abramoff claimed that he could get appropriation earmarks for the tribe, and "get things passed through the legislature".
Abramoff mentioned his and Scanlon's ties with Tom DeLay, and the fact that he "worked with people" in the Department of Interior. Abramoff also suggested that participating in a DeLay golf tournament and paying "lists of suggested contributions" would give the tribe name recognition and access to politicians. Scanlon claimed that his firm could organize direct mail, telephone, and media campaigns, as well as giving advice on strategies to gain the support of or neutralize the opposition of specific public officials.
Scanlon also promised a customized database and "electronic-related services", based on polling and collection of information of individuals who could be "mobilized" in letter-writing campaigns and phone calls to officials. The Tribal Council was initially somewhat confused by the relationship between Abramoff and Scanlon; one member believed that Scanlon's company was a branch of Greenberg Traurig.
However, the two men were hired and paid separately. Members of the tribe later claimed that Abramoff "never told the Council that he would personally collect a share of those proceeds that the tribe paid Scanlon. The tribe later claimed that there was evidence that Scanlon's proposed strategies were implemented.
Abramoff and Scanlon proposed a much larger scope of work to the tribe. In the State of Texas sought to have the casino closed based on its interpretation of the Tribal Restoration Act , which had granted the tribe Federal recognition. The act stated that "[all] gaming activities which are prohibited by the laws of the State of Texas are hereby prohibited on the reservation and on lands of the tribe.
The State of Texas succeeded in closing the casino in In October , Abramoff suggested to the Louisiana Coushatta that the Texas legislature was "one vote away" from legalizing certain forms of gambling in Texas. The Alabama Coushatta, a related but competing tribe, was also seeking to open a casino in eastern Texas in Abramoff told the Louisiana Coushatta that if the Tigua succeeded in their court case, Texas would be forced to allow the Alabama Coushatta to open a casino in the state.
As the Louisiana Coushatta attracted many customers from eastern Texas to their casino, a Texas-based Indian casino could pose a grave threat to their livelihood.
Scanlon suggested forming a "Grassroots Political Structure" in Texas to oppose the Tigua's effort to have gambling approved on their land. He said, "we plan to do some things through the law firm umbrella due to their highly sensitive nature and confidentiality reasons. I hate hiding behind lawyers—but we are going to do some crazy stuff on this one—so I guess it's ok.
I can achieve this if I can run some of the money for the Coushattas through the firm and then get it to CCS. Abramoff and Scanlon suggested to the Coushatta that they ought to support Christian evangelical conservatives, as they were expected to oppose gaming expansion in Texas. Abramoff specifically suggested the tribe work with Republican Ralph Reed but, according to a tribal leader, he warned that "it can't get out It wouldn't look good if they're receiving money from a casino-operating tribe to oppose gaming.
It would be kind of like hypocritical. Scanlon and Abramoff skimmed millions of dollars for themselves from fees paid through this method. Reed worked with Houston pastors and church congregations to demand that the state government prevent the Tigua casinos from opening.
Reed also claimed to work directly with John Cornyn; in a November 15 email, Abramoff claimed "Ralph and I spoke last night. Cornyn is supposed to call Ralph as soon as he can make it to a phone after El Paso. In addition to working on grassroots efforts, Abramoff claimed that he had also influenced the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Bill Ratcliff , to prevent a bill to allow the Tigua to open their casino from being scheduled for a vote in the State Senate. The opposition efforts succeeded, and the Tigua officially closed their casino on February 12, As the Tigua casino was being closed, Abramoff was trying to contact the Tigua tribe.
He reached the Tigua's public relations representative Marc Schwartz on February 6, , and met with the tribal council on February