Abramoff Scandal Figure Indicted Again
In June, an appeals court overturned the conviction of former White House official David H. Safavian, one of the highest-ranking Washington figures caught up in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Last month the government said it would retry Safavian in December.
Now the government has refiled the indictment, Bloomberg News reports.
The new indictment by a federal grand jury charges Safavian with one count of obstructing justice and four counts of making false statements to investigators and the U.S. Senate.
Safavian, a former chief of staff of the General Services Administration, was originally convicted in 2006 in U.S. District Court of covering up his many efforts to assist Abramoff in acquiring two properties controlled by the GSA, and also of concealing facts about a lavish weeklong golf trip he took with Abramoff to Scotland and London in the summer of 2002.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the appeals court ruled that part of the prosecution case was faulty.
A copy of the new FBI indictment against former White House aide David H. Safavian is available after the jump
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