December 19th, 2008
01:44 PM ET
6 years ago

Abramoff associate Safavian convicted again in lobbying scandal

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal court jury in Washington Friday convicted David Safavian, a former associate of disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, on four of five criminal counts.

The verdict marks the second time a jury has found Safavian guilty of one count of obstruction of justice and three counts of making false statements to federal investigators.

Safavian, 42, is a former chief of staff at the General Services Administration charged with trying to cover up his role in a lavish Abramoff-sponsored golf trip to Scotland and Abramoff's dealings with the GSA.

Former Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Ney, who accepted the expenses-paid golf trip from Abramoff, pleaded guilty to corruption charges in 2006.

Abramoff is currently serving a four-year prison sentence after his guilty plea on corruption charges.

Safavian's 2006 conviction, also on four of five counts, was overturned last summer by an appeals court. If this conviction is upheld he would face a maximum of five years in prison on each of the four counts.

He received an 18-month sentence after his previous conviction.


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  1. Sherrol in Canada

    Send the crook to jail.

    December 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Vicki5

    "Another one down, and another one down, and another one bites the dust"

    December 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. BUSH BEGONE

    I hope they drag their feet sending him to jail, otw, the shrub will be able to give him a pardon before he leaves office.

    December 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    It makes me sick that people can meddle in the running of our country, literally trying to make the government OF THE PEOPLE work only for their own interests, yet they get less jail time than a 20 year old with a bag of weed. The justice system is often unfair.

    December 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Once you vote Black

    Q: Why were the people made at Delay?
    A: He tried to Jack Abramoff'

    December 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Texas Teacher

    Bush Begone... that is the point I was going to make... let's see what his late night pardons are before he leaves office... he has a lot to pardon... including himself and Cheney! :) But whatever he does.... I will simply be grateful to see him walk out of DC and back to wherever he plans to go! I thought it was going to be Crawford... but I recently heard he was going to bless Dallas with his residence! Barf.... poor Texas! One of the homes of Good Ole Boy politics!

    December 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Seattle Sue

    When will Tom Delay get his day in court? I wonder if Bush will pardon him.

    December 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |