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Abramoff Lobbyist Kevin Ring Gets 20 Months

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ugly era of Jack Abramoff — the evil lobbyist — resurfaced Wednesday inside the Beltway.

Kevin A. Ring, 41, a former lobbyist who worked with Abramoff, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in D.C. to 20 months in prison for his role in a scheme to corrupt public officials by providing an illegal stream of things of value, including vacations, employment for a congressman’s wife, meals, drinks, and high-priced tickets to exclusive concerts and sporting events, the Department of Justice announced.

Ring, 41, was convicted last November.

Authorities said the jury found Ring guilty on one count of conspiring to corrupt congressional and executive branch officials by providing things of value to them and their staff members in order to induce or reward those who took official actions benefitting Ring and his clients.

To date, 20 people, including lobbyists and public officials, have pleaded guilty or have been convicted at trial in connection with the investigation into the activities of Abramoff and his associates.

Abramoff pleaded guilty in January 2006 to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, honest services fraud and tax evasion. He was sentenced in September 2008 to 48 months in prison.

 

Jack Abramoff Associate Kevin Ring Convicted of Corruption

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – A reminder of much that is wrong with Washington reared its ugly head Monday when a federal jury in the capital convicted Kevin A. Ring,  who worked with corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, on five counts related to a scheme to corrupt public officials by providing a stream of gifts and favors including all-paid trips, meals and golf outings.

To date, 20 people, including lobbyists and public officials, have pleaded guilty, been convicted at trial, or are awaiting trial in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Abramoff scandal, the Justice Department said. Abramoff pleaded guilty to a variety of charges in January 2006 and was sentenced to four years in prison.

In the Ring case, the jury deliberated three days before finding him guilty of conspiring to corrupt congressional and executive branch officials by providing them things of value, paying gratuity to a public official and three counts of honest services wire fraud.

“Through the talent and hard work of prosecutors from the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity and Fraud Sections, another member of ‘Team Abramoff’ has been held accountable for his actions,” said Mythili Raman, principal deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Divisoin.

“For years, this team of lobbyists schemed to corrupt public officials, and, because of their actions, Americans were denied the honest services of public servants.”

“The public trusts that government processes will be untainted by those who would seek to corrupt them,” added John G. Perren, head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Authorities say Ring had clients around the U.S. including Native American tribal governments operating and interested in casinos.

Authorities charged that Ring and his co-conspirators identified public officials who could help those  clients and then provided them things of value which included all-expenses-paid travel, meals, drinks, golf outings, tickets to professional sporting and concert events and an employment opportunity for the wife of a congressman.

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Jury Deadlocks in Trial of Abramoff Associate

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff became the poster child for lobbyist/political corruption on Capitol Hill. His associate Kevin Ring is lucky to have gotten off with a mistrial. It’s not likely that the government will go after him again considering that the jury deadlocked on all 8 counts–unless the votes on some or all of the counts were leaning heavily in favor of conviction.

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By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A federal judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the prosecution of former lobbyist Kevin Ring after jurors deadlocked on charges that he lavished meals and concert tickets on public officials in the hope of illegally influencing them.

After hearing testimony for four weeks at the District’s federal court, jurors deliberated for eight days but could not reach a verdict on any of the eight charges of conspiracy, providing an illegal gratuity or honest services fraud. Federal prosecutors indicated they would seek another trial.

Ring, 38, was a close associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, one of 16 people who pleaded guilty to participating in a pay-to-play corruption scam that involved members of Congress, their staffers and officials in the executive branch. Ring and federal prosecutors declined to comment.

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