Prosecutors Unveil Ney's Bribery Price List
"As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on an ethics reform package partly inspired by the misdeeds of former Ohio GOP Rep. Bob Ney, federal prosecutors filed new documents in court that detail exactly how lobbyists paid Ney for political favors.
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"'Defendant Ney accepted thousands of dollars worth of benefits in a scheme that spanned two continents, lasted almost four and one-half years, implicated numerous separate transactions and involved numerous acts of deceit and concealment,' the legal filing said.
"What was Neyâs price for placing an Oct. 26, 2000 statement in the Congressional Record on behalf of lobbyist Jack Abramoffâs SunCruz casino boat operation? The new documents say it was a $10,000 contribution to the National Republican Campaign Committee that SunCruz made less than a week later.
"What did it cost for Ney to insert language in the Help America Vote Act that would have helped a Texas Indian tribe represented by Abramoff to reopen a closed casino? Abramoff instructed the tribe to make political donations to Ney that totalled $32,000.
"The documents were filed as part of negotiations over the sentence Ney should receive after pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiracy and making false statements. Neyâs defense lawyers say the former congressman from Heath exercised control over fewer than five participants during the criminal acts he committed, but prosecutors filed the documents Wednesday to show that Ney was a âmanager/supervisorâ of criminal activities who oversaw more than five people.
"Neyâs sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19. Prosecutors have recommended that he serve 27 months in prison." (Plain Dealer, Legal Times)