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Ex-Ron Paul Staffers Found Guilty of Campaign Misconduct

On May 5, a federal jury in Iowa found three former Ron Paul staffers guilty of conspiring to hide thousands of dollars in secret payments to an Iowa state senator in exchange for his endorsement of then-Senator Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.  The jury heard evidence at trial that the three staffers, without Senator Paul’s knowledge, bribed then-Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson to endorse Paul by arranging for payments of $73,000 from campaign funds.  The staffers
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Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 12 Years in Prison

On May 3, former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after a jury convicted him of corruption charges.  The evidence showed that Silver used his official position in the state legislature to obtain nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks, and obtained an additional $1 million by laundering the proceeds of his corruption.  The source of the charges and conviction was two corrupt relationships: first with the
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Former Montana Lawmaker’s Prison Sentence for Corruption Upheld

On April 22, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence of former Montana state legislator and CEO Tony Belcourt.  Mr. Belcourt pled guilty to taking bribes in exchange for awarding construction contracts during his tenure as the CEO of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corporation.  The Ninth Circuit held that the District Court reasonably concluded that Mr. Belcourt played a leadership role in the scheme.  U.S. v. Belcourt, 14-30174 (9th Cir.).
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Former UN General Assembly President and Five Others Charged in $1.3 Million Bribery Scheme

On October 6, John Ashe, the former president of the UN General Assembly, was charged along with five others in connection with a multiyear scheme to pay more than $1.3 million in bribes to Ashe in exchange for official actions in support of Chinese business interests.  According to the allegations in the complaint, since 2011, Ashe has been soliciting and accepting bribes from various businesspeople in China seeking to influence the actions of the UN
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Former New York State Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. Sentenced

On September 17, William F. Boyland, the former Assemblyman for the 55th Assembly District in Brooklyn, was sentenced after conviction at trial to 14 years for bribery, extortion and other counts.  Based on the evidence admitted at trial, Boyland was engaged in four corruption schemes: (1) a scheme in which he requested payments from a carnival promoter in exchange for Boyland’s assistance; (2) a real estate scheme in which he accepted a $7,000 cash bridge
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New York State Senator John Sampson Convicted of Obstruction of Justice and False Statements

On July 24, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York found New York State Senator John Sampson guilty of one count of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to federal agents.  As an attorney, Sampson embezzled funds he held in escrow from the sale of real estate properties and then asked an associate for $188,500 to replenish the stolen funds in order to conceal the scheme.  In exchange, Sampson used his
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Former State Senate Leader Malcolm Smith and Former Queens GOP Leader Vincent Tabone Sentenced for Bribery and Fraud Charges Connected to the 2013 New York City Mayor’s Race

On July 1, Malcolm Smith, former New York State Senate Leader, was sentenced to seven years in prison and two years of supervised release following a bribery scheme.  Smith, a registered Democrat, was convicted for paying cash bribes and steering state funds to New York City Republican Party leaders in order to run as a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor in 2013.  Smith authorized payment of $110,000 in cash bribes and also agreed
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Senator Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen Indicted for Conspiracy, Bribery and Honest Services Fraud

On April 1, a grand jury indicted U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests.  The indictment alleges that between 2006 and 2013, Menendez accepted almost $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from Melgen, including flights on Melgen’s private jet, vacations at Melgen’s villa
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Former Connecticut Governor Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Illegal Activity in Two Congressional Campaigns

On March 18, John G. Rowland, the former governor of Connecticut, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for attempting to conceal the extent of his involvement in two federal election campaigns.  Rowland also was ordered to pay a $35,000 fine.  According to the evidence introduced during his trial, Rowland worked for two different congressional campaigns while concealing the fact of this paid employment from the public and the
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Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, Indicted for Public Corruption

On February 19, Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was charged with receiving undisclosed bribes and kickbacks.  The indictment identified two sources of these payments.  It alleged that Silver received $700,000 in undisclosed payments from a real estate law firm and that, in exchange for these payments, Silver used his influence as a legislator to induce real estate developers with business before the state to retain the law firm.  Silver is
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Former State Senate Leader Malcolm Smith and Queens GOP Leader Vincent Tabone Convicted of Bribery and Fraud Charges Connected to 2013 New York City Mayor’s Race

On February 5, a jury convicted Malcolm Smith, the former New York State Senate Leader, of bribing Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone to allow Smith to run as a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor in 2013.  Smith authorized the payment of $110,000 in cash bribes to Tabone and other Republican Party leaders.  He was also convicted of steering $500,000 in New York State transportation funding to a real estate project
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Former Virginia Governor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Public Corruption

On January 6, Robert F. McDonnell, the former Governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison for soliciting and obtaining payments, loans, gifts, and other items in violation of federal public corruption laws.  From April 2011 through March 2013, McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, obtained more than $170,000 in direct payments and other items such as golf outings from Star Scientific, a Virginia-based corporation, and its CEO.  In exchange, Mr. McDonnell performed
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Former Virginia Governor and Former First Lady Convicted on Public Corruption Charges

On September 4, a federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia returned guilty verdicts against former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell and former First Lady of Virginia Maureen G. McDonnell for participating in a scheme to violate federal public corruption laws.  The McDonnells participated in a scheme to use the former governor’s official position to enrich themselves and their family members by soliciting and obtaining payments, loans, gifts, and other things of value from
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Former New York City Council Member Daniel Halloran Convicted of Bribery and Fraud

On July 29, following a two-month jury trial in the Southern District of New York, former New York City Council Member Daniel Halloran was found guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud, and bribery.  According to the government, Halloran arranged the bribery of New York City Republican leaders to obtain their support for Democratic New York State Senator Malcolm Smith to run as a Republican candidate in the 2013 New York City mayoral race.  The government claimed
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Congressman Michael Grimm Indicted

On April 28, Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced a 20-count indictment charging Congressman Michael Grimm with five counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns, one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, one count of impeding the Internal Revenue Service, one count of health care fraud, one count of engaging
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Former President of Guatemala Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

On March 18, Alfonso Portillo, the former President of Guatemala, pled guilty to laundering millions of dollars through bank accounts in the U.S.  According to court papers, Mr. Portillio received $2.5 million in bribes from the Government of Taiwan in exchange for using his influence to ensure Guatemala continued to recognize Taiwan diplomatically.  Mr. Portillo conspired with others to launder the payments through bank accounts located in the U.S. after bringing the funds to the
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