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POLITICS: Abramoff gets more than 5 years in prison

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posted on Mar, 29 2006 @ 04:53 PM
Jack Abramoff was sentenced today to serve no less than to five years and seven months in a federal prison. Abramoff and his co-conspirator, Adam Kidan, pleaded guilty to wire fraud for there role in falsifying a 23 million dollar wire transfer in order to get 60 million dollars in financing. The money was intended to buy a fleet of SunCruz casinos. They are to report to the federal prison in 90 days.

In court Wednesday, Abramoff said the fraud case was "incredibly painful" for himself, his family and his friends.

"In the past two years I have started the process of becoming a new man," he said.

Under their plea agreement, both men had faced a sentence of between five years, 10 months, and seven years, three months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck also ordered them Wednesday to pay restitution of more than $21 million.

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.

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With this and the Indian gambling scandle, Abramoff deserves the book to be thrown at him. Regardless of political standing, corruption can not be tolerated. His light sentence is a joke, but I guess it helps to have friends in the Right places. These white collar thugs should get the same treatment as the rest of us. Or even better, let the natives deal with him.

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posted on Mar, 29 2006 @ 08:49 PM

This is a good day for justice.

As I understand it, the sentence he received is the miniumum sentence allowed. So imho not a real a good day for justise. One has to wonder if he bought off the judge to get such a light sentence.

posted on Mar, 29 2006 @ 08:55 PM
just a slap in the wrist. . . the people that benefited from his deals are still at large he will do his time or some of it.

Then he will have a nice littler place waiting for him thanks to the same people that he did business with.

And life for the ones in power will go on.

posted on Mar, 29 2006 @ 09:57 PM
Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both

He was sentanced to no less that 5 years 10 months with a max of 7 years three months. He will also be sentanced for the corruption charges, but im not sure the on the sentancing guidlines for that.

posted on Mar, 29 2006 @ 10:01 PM
It ain't over, till it's over.

Abramoff has more sentencing to deal with later this year and a lot more squealing to do.

In the Washington case, Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy to corrupt public officials, mail fraud and tax evasion. He faces 30 years in prison in that case, although the Justice Department said it will recommend a reduced sentence depending on how much he cooperates. bloomberg


posted on Mar, 29 2006 @ 11:40 PM
Will the time for each of the various crimes be served concurrently or consecutively? Lets say he got 7 years each for 5 seperate crimes, if the sentencing was concurrent he would serve a total of 7 years, whereas if the sentencing was consecutive he would serve 35 years.

posted on Mar, 30 2006 @ 12:45 AM

Originally posted by df1
One has to wonder if he bought off the judge to get such a light sentence.

Interesting point. Perhaps here at ATS we should keep track of this judge and see where he ends up.

posted on Mar, 30 2006 @ 08:52 AM
It will be a good day for justice when they nail more of those buggers, sorry, no offense to buggers
more corrupt congressmen and lobbiests to the wall.

posted on Mar, 30 2006 @ 04:44 PM
Hope he goes to hard prison, like the one with hardened criminals and gangs.... mabey not a gay one... he just needs some slugs to the face.

But if their is gay rape stuff eh, he is probablty in league with people who make a consitiutuonal amendment to ban gay marraige so now he is being punished in gay hell.

posted on Mar, 30 2006 @ 06:06 PM
Didn't the guy that he bought the ships from, die under very mysterious circumstances...
well, YES HE DID...
gangland style hit!
abrahmoff scandal is tip of iceberg

another stunning note is a report that MOHAMMAD ATTA was a guest aboard the casino as well.. just weeks before 9-11...

stranger than fiction, and we are living it...

posted on Apr, 5 2006 @ 03:10 PM
This Abramoff/Kidan thing goes much deeper than most people know.

Living it? Try being part of it...

posted on Apr, 5 2006 @ 03:48 PM
After he gets out of prison, will they put a bullet in his head for feeding the corruption of the government and helping to destroy the country??

posted on Apr, 5 2006 @ 04:08 PM
He is merely a redeemed whistleblower at this point...
he will get minimum sentences on his future charges also...

But he might just meet jesus, and turn this WHOLE problem out into the sun...
I can only hope that he sees the true error of his ways, and ruins the party for all of them.

all the sheeples need to know, that this is BIG!
tell the family, bring the kids, this might very well be the saving grace of United States of America.

Or it could just make lobbiests get more sneaky...

posted on Apr, 5 2006 @ 05:19 PM
What is it they say??

Wait till he starts singing like a bird....

No less than 5? It must have been well worth it to him and the rest of them.
They should sit and rot.

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