CLEVELAND Traficant gets court date
The superseding indictment adds a new racketeering charge.
CLEVELAND -- Arraignments are set for Nov. 9 before U.S. Magistrate William H. Baughman Jr. for Richard E. Detore and U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., who were named in a superseding indictment filed last Friday. Detore will be arraigned at 11 a.m. and Traficant at 2 p.m.
The superseding indictment replaces the original May 4 indictment charging the congressman with racketeering and bribery. The superseding indictment adds Detore as a co-defendant and charges him with conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute. Detore, 41, of Clifton, Va., is former chief operating officer of U.S. Aerospace Group.
Cafaro: The government says USAG paid $3,219 for meals at a Washington, D.C., restaurant for Traficant and others and that Detore agreed to conceal J.J. Cafaro's purchase of Traficant's houseboat by making it appear that someone else bought it.
Cafaro, of Liberty, who once ran USAG, has already pleaded guilty to bribing Traficant with nearly $40,000, including cash and the houseboat purchase in return for Traficant's use of his influence to promote USAG's laser guidance technology.
The superseding indictment adds a new racketeering charge against Traficant, saying he sought and accepted things of value from James R. Sabatine, 49, former owner of Hardrives Paving and Construction Inc. of Mineral Ridge, in return for official acts Traficant performed. The congressman is accused of intervening on Sabatine's behalf with officials of an interstate railroad company.