Tuesday, December 23, 2008
President Bush issued some holiday pardons - 19 individuals were recipients, and one person had a sentence commutation. The list includes many older offenses, with a few being drug related crimes.
The ones that might be considered white collar ones included a 1985 mail fraud conviction, a 1993 aiding and abetting embezzlement of bank funds, a 1993 conspiracy to defraud the U.S., a 1962 forging the endorsement on a US Treasury check, a 1998 concealment of information affecting Social Security benefits, a 1971 embezzlement of mail matter, a 2003 false statements to the HUD and mail fraud, a 1949 conspiracy to export and exportation of a military aircraft to a foreign country in violation of the Neutrality Act of 1939, and a 1992 aiding and abetting violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
For the story behind one of the pardons, see Eric Lichtblau, Jailed for Aiding Israel, but Pardoned by Bush
Additional Addendum, Jordan Weissmann, BLT Blog, Pardon Memo Puzzles Legal Experts