Abramoff Arrested in L.A., Scanlon Reportedly Cooperating
The Washington Post reports former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was arrested in Los Angeles late this afternoon on the Florida Indictment we mentioned yesterday. His co-defendant, Adam Kidan of New York, will surrender in Florida today.
Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a business partner were indicted by federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, charged with five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy in their purchase of a fleet of Florida gambling boats from a businessman who was later killed in a gangland-style hit.
Abramoff, 46, was arrested in Los Angeles in the late afternoon and was expected to be taken before a U.S. magistrate there on Friday. He was indicted along with Adam Kidan, the former owner of the Dial-a-Mattress franchise in Washington. Kidan, 41, of New York City, will surrender to the FBI here by Friday morning, his attorney, Martin I. Jaffe, said in a written statement.
It sounds like Kidan cooperated, thinking he could talk his way out of an Indictment, and failed.
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