Saturday, July 30, 2005
In the past few months, corruption investigations and prosecutions have made headlines in Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego (with the catchy title "Strippergate"), and Philadelphia, along with the leak of an FBI affidavit discussing possible corruption in the Cleveland Mayor's office. This past week brought more corruption cases, including:
- Ohio Governor Taft's former Chief of Staff pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor ethics charge for not reporting his use of the Florida house of Republican party fundraiser Tom Noe, who is under investigation related to missing funds that he was supposed to invest in rare coins on behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. An AP story (here) notes that Gov. Taft is under investigation for not reporting up to 60 golf outings. Noe's contacts with Republican officeholders in Ohio is quite extensive, so this investigation will likely last for a while.
- The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) issued a press release (here) discussing the indictment of the Mayor of Norristown, PA, and the city's former Borough Administrator for accepting bribes from different contractors to steer business their way.
- The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) announced (here) a guilty verdict in the prosecution of a former treasurer for the city of Southgate for extracting bribes from contractors seeking to receive contracts with the city.
- The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida (Miami) announced (here) the sentencing of a former Florida Correctional Probation Officer for accepting a bribe from one of his probationers to avoid taking a mandatory drug test.
All in a week's work. (ph)