I'm sure this will show up in other publications. But for the moment, I was just looking through the list of Duke Cunningham's offenses in the article (sub.req.) on the Roll Call website. And it's breath-taking.
The stuff we knew about, the boats and house purchases, were really only the tip of the iceberg.
In pure dollar terms the house scams may have been the biggest. But on many occasions Duke and the defense contractors who owned him didn't even cover with the flimsy real estate covers.
So for instance, here are some of the examples ...
On May 1, 2000, he took $100,000 in two separate checks from âCo-conspirator No. 1â depositing $70,000 into his personal bank account in San Diego and $30,000 into his account with the Congressional Federal Credit Union;
On Feb. 27, 2002, the co-conspirator believed to be Kontogiannis paid $10,000 to Cunningham, who deposited the money into his credit union account;
On Jan. 13, 2003, Wade paid $33,000 to Cunningham in two separate checks, money that went into his California accounts;
As I said, in dollar terms these weren't the biggest offenses. In audacity terms, they rate fairly high.