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THE INDICTMENT



Published: Sun, February 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



THE INDICTMENT

Charges against Traficant

The 17th District congressman faces these 10 counts, most of which list multiple overt acts:

Count 1: Conspiracy to commit bribery. He agreed to seek and accept free labor and materials for his horse farm at 6908 W. South Range Road in Green Township from contractors Anthony and Robert Bucci with the intent to be influenced in performing official acts on behalf of the contractor. The congressman interceded on behalf of the contractors with federal and local prison authorities, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, Weathersfield Township board of trustees, Mahoning County engineer and a Youngstown bank. The count lists 17 overt acts.

Count 2: Conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute. He agreed to seek and accept free labor and materials from A. David Sugar of Honey Creek Contracting for or because of official acts, including assistance with the judicial and corrections system concerning a DUI for Sugar's son and intervention on the contractor's behalf with the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corporation in connection with a bidding process for demolition of the Higbee building downtown. The count lists nine overt acts.

Count 3: Conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute. He agreed to seek and accept money and free repairs on a boat from local developer J.J. Cafaro for or because of official acts, including supporting before federal agencies a new aircraft landing technology developed by Cafaro. The count lists 11 overt acts.

Count 4: Conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute. Traficant agreed in November 1998 to hire an attorney, shown to be R. Allen Sinclair, and rent office space at 11 Overhill Road from Sinclair provided that Sinclair would give back $2,500 each month in cash to Traficant. Sinclair did so from December 1998 to January 2000. The count lists 17 acts.

Count 5: Seeking and accepting illegal gratuities from Sinclair.

Count 6: Obstruction of justice. He tried to persuade Sinclair to destroy evidence and provide false testimony.

Count 7: Conspiracy to defraud the United States from the late 1980s until early 2000. He solicited and accepted payments from the salaries of his high-ranking staff members and, in the early 1990s, had them do work on his houseboat in Washington, D.C. He also had staff members in the Youngstown and Niles offices do manual labor at his horse farm.

Count 8: Filing a false tax return in 1998. He made in excess of the $138,985 he and his wife declared.

Count 9: Filing a false tax return in 1999. He made in excess of the $140,163 he and his wife declared.

Count 10: Violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute, with a $100,000 forfeiture. From January 1985 to the present, Traficant, his offices here and in Washington and his staff members constituted an enterprise. The count lists 11 acts.

Source: U.S. District Court




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