Former Hill Aide Indicted in Abramoff Scandal
Just three days after former Washington GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in prison for running a public corruption scheme, another political figure was indicted today in the scandal. Former congressional aide Kevin A. Ring was arrested this morning at his home in the Maryland suburbs and charged with conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of justice for allegedly providing lawmakers and officials with gifts to win favors for lobbying clients.
Ring, former legislative director for Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.), joined Abramoff's lobbying team after leaving Congress. Abramoff's firm hired a company operated by Doolittle's wife, Julie Doolittle, to raise funds for a charity he founded. Since 2005, a Justice Department task force has been looking into payments made by Abramoff and other lobbyists to Doolittle's wife and the spouses of other lawmakers. Julie Doolittle has denied wrongdoing.
The Doolittles' house was raided by the FBI last year. In January, Doolittle announced he would retire from Congress and sources have said he remains under scrutiny in the Justice Department's continuing investigation of the Abramoff scandal.
By The Editors |
September 8, 2008; 4:01 PM ET
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