December 4th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Chief of staff to former Rep. Weldon charged in corruption probe

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The one-time chief of staff to then-Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., has been charged in a criminal conspiracy for failing to disclose income his wife made for doing "little work" at a firm with connections to Weldon's family.

Russell Caso Jr. is charged with a single conspiracy count in a criminal "information," which normally signals a plea agreement and a promise to cooperate with a continuing investigation. Justice Department officials said Caso will appear in court Friday morning.

Documents from U.S. District Court in Washington did not name Weldon nor the firm, which were referred to as "Representative A" and "Firm A."

The documents said Caso's wife received $19,000 from a "non-profit consulting firm" designed to help "American businesses to operate in Russia and facilitating the flow of trade between the United States and Russia."

"Caso's wife received $1,500 of this money for editing drafts of Proposal A and Proposal B. Caso's wife performed little work for the remaining $17,500," the court document said.

Weldon had pressed high-level officials in the State Department, Energy Department and National Security Council that "Firm A" should be federally funded, the documents say.

Caso was Weldon's chief of staff in 2005 and 2006. Weldon was defeated in his re-election bid in 2006.

Prosecutors from the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, which investigates sensitive public corruption cases, brought the charge.

- CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Big Johnson

    How dare cnn (lower case intended) acuse those of us who question authority as traitors! Prison for you...Traitors.

    This man was witchhunted because his organization was the only ones really wanting to investigate September 11. Weldon put sunlight on Able Danger. Rumsfeld quashed it. Weldon's office was a true Patriotic Congressman.

    The same Justice Department that brought you illegal wiretapping and torture brought this ridiculous prosecution.

    Where are the prosecuters of a Security system that oops 911?

    Go ahead, dont publish this. Or better yet, find your American soul and expose the real Traitors. Your owners.

    December 5, 2007 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  2. Sandra

    Bla! Bla! Bla! RUSSELL AND SHERRYL CASO DID SOMETHING WRONG! We all have to be punished one way or another for what we do in life that is immoral. Work, means to actually work and earn the money you are paid whether it be a janitor or REP for Congress. This is not the only thing that they have found out on this Bonnie and Clyde couple. Free trips to Italy, Milan , ect on our tax $$'s .

    Investigating 911? Hmmm. What does that have to do with Russion Business Trading? Isn't this what business they were in?

    January 10, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |