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Interior worker charged in Abramoff probe
AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/06 | AP

Posted on 06/30/2006 10:15:29 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - An Interior Department employee is charged with filing a false financial report in a case arising from the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

The misdemeanor charge, filed in federal court, says that Roger Stillwell, an employee of the Interior Department's insular affairs office, knowingly filed a false financial disclosure statement.

Prosecutors say Stillwell failed to list gifts he received from a prohibited source.

A Justice Department official confirmed that the charge is part of the Abramoff investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the two-page document filed Tuesday by the Justice Department's public integrity section does not refer to Abramoff.

The Washington Post reported that Stillwell is an officer on the desk that handles the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The island government hired Abramoff as a lobbyist.

According to the newspaper, Stillwell said last year he accepted dinners at an Abramoff-owned restaurant and accepted tickets to Washington Redskins games.

Stillwell told the newspaper that at the time he accepted the gifts, he was a contract employee at Interior, not a federal employee.

Stillwell is scheduled to appear July 21 before U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson.

The court papers charging Stillwell are referred to as an "information" and typically precede a guilty plea by a defendant.

Stillwell's lawyer, Justin Murphy, was out of town and a message left at his office was not immediately returned.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abramoff; charged; interior; probe; worker

1 posted on 06/30/2006 10:15:31 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
accepted tickets to Washington Redskins games.

Masochistic little @#$%, isn't he?

2 posted on 06/30/2006 10:18:01 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (There are only a few absolute truths in life, the rest are just opinion.)
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To: Baynative

Exactly. Hillary has now had four false FEC reports filed.

4 posted on 06/30/2006 10:26:48 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Baynative

True, although it wouldn't hurt us to keep our house clean to offer a clear contrast for all to see.

I don't like to justify bad behavior on our side by saying, "Well, THEY get to do it!" We don't tolerate it. We're better.

5 posted on 06/30/2006 10:35:29 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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