Abramoff pleads guilty on three counts

Jack Abramoff, once a Washington lobbyist, pled guilty Jan. 3, to three counts of crimes that could put him in jail for up to 11 years. These three counts include conspiracy, mail fraud, and tax evasion. Abramoff allegedly gave the wife of an unnamed congressional staff member $50,000 to help in eliminating a gambling measure. He also admitted to taking millions of dollars from his tribal clients who were part of casino-rich Indian tribes that had previously given him around $82 million. Ever since 1994, the year the Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, Abramoff has been lobbying and becoming close friends with high profile individuals, one of whom is Tom Delay. Abramoff allegedly funded dozens of worldwide trips for DeLay, who called Abramoff “one of my closest and dearest friends.” It has been reported that Abramoff let DeLay borrow his SunCruz jet so he could attend the 2000 U.S. Open golf tournament. Many problems are expected to arise from the Abramoff trial for lawmakers who benefited from his actions. In a plea deal, Abramoff may be forced to provide information about Congress members. These politicians received campaign contributions, trips around the world, and many other luxuries that may come back to haunt them.