Friday, January 19, 2007

Bob Ney Gets 30 Months For Influence-Peddling

The New York Times reports: Ex-Congressman Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 — Former [Republican] Congressman Bob Ney [of Ohio] was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in illegal gifts in return for using his legislative influence to help his benefactors.
Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 27 months and Mr. Ney’s lawyers had asked for no more than two years.
But Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, of the U.S. District Court in Washington, said Mr. Ney deserved additional time because of his “significant and serious abuse of the public trust.”
In his plea bargain last year, Mr. Ney admitted that he had essentially sold his office to Mr. Abramoff’s lobbying operation and others in return for a series of lavish gifts.

Those gifts included overseas trips, the use of skyboxes at Washington-area sports arenas, meals, concert tickets and thousands of dollars worth of gambling chips in London casinos.