Michael Scanlon is the latest Abramoff associate sentenced for his role in the corruption scheme. Â A district judge sentenced the former House aide to 20 months in federal prison. Â Scanlon pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy to bribe public officials and honest-services fraud, which his attorney referred to as âextraordinary cooperation,â when he requested a sentence that did not include jail time. Â The district attorney requested two years imprisonment, despite Scanlonâs role in aiding the Department of Justice in 20 Abramoff-related investigations. Scanlon said that he is âso sorry, so very remorseful,â at the sentencing.
Fraser Verruscio, another official on the hot seat because of his connection to Abramoff, was also convicted of one count of conspiring to accept an illegal gratuity, one count of making a false statement in failing to report gifts from lobbyists. Â His sentencing is scheduled for May 6, and he could be facing up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each charge.