BREAKING NEWS ~ Abramoff pleads guilty to conspiracy, fraud charges

[JURIST] AP is reporting that, as anticipated [JURIST report], Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud charges. The US Department filed a criminal information [PDF text; press release] Tuesday morning in federal court in Washington, DC and a hearing in front of Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle followed.

1:22 PM ET - In addition to the guilty plea on the new charges [AP summary], Abramoff will also plead guilty to two charges pending in Florida stemming from the 2000 purchase of SunCruz Casinos [corporate website] by Abramoff and partners. Abramoff initially pleaded not guilty to those charges in August, and a change of plea hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. AP has more.

2:36 PM ET - The plea agreement [PDF] is now available online, via FindLaw.



 

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