July 15, 2005
Mayor Pleads in Tax Case-Attorney Going to Trial
The DOJ reports here that the former mayor of Monroe County, Florida plead guilty to tax perjury. The attorney for Monroe County, added to the indictment in this case, is set for trial.
The press release states in part that "John L. “Jack” London, 67, of Key West, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of tax perjury. . . On May 19, 2005, London’s indictment was superseded to add as a defendant Monroe County Attorney . . . on charges of conspiring to obstruct and tamper with witnesses involved in the grand jury investigation of London." According to the press release, the plea involved the "following facts":
"That in 1997 London received $29,000, while serving as a Monroe County Commissioner, from a consultant who had been hired by a real estate developer to assist with obtaining building permits from the Monroe Board of County Commissioners; and that London used the money to satisfy an outstanding lien against a residential property he owned in Cork, Ireland. In 2002 and 2003, when confronted by agents with the FBI about his receipt of the $29,000, London misled the investigators regarding the origin of the funds."
The attorney, also charged in this case, is alleged to have "acted as a conduit between London and another individual to concoct a false story" for presentation to a grand jury. As one might suspect, the individual pleading is set to be sentenced after the date of the attorney's trial, which "is scheduled to begin on September 26, 2005."
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