Heaton Wore Wire to Snag Bob Ney

Bob Ney aide Will Heaton is set for sentencing in federal court on Thursday. The Boston Globe today reports he wore a wire to nab Ney and is proud to have done so.

Will Heaton let FBI agents record his telephone calls and taped a 2 1/2-hour meeting with Ney. He leaked documents and worked late into the night and on weekends to avoid arousing suspicion that he was working with the government.

"The moment I walked into my first meeting with the Justice Department, a huge weight was lifted off my chest," Heaton wrote in a letter to US District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle. "For the first time in years I felt at peace with myself and I knew I was finally making the right choice."

As to Heaton's misconduct:

Heaton pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy. He admitted accepting a golf trip to Scotland, expensive meals, and tickets to sporting events between 2002 and 2004 as payoffs for helping clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Heaton faces up to five years in prison. His guidelines are 18 to 24 months but he's asking for probation due to how hard he worked for the FBI.

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    It's almost embarrasing... (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 04:23:36 PM EST
    how cheaply our politicians sell themselves out for: golf trips, NBA tickets, food.

    And when they get caught..... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 09:29:45 AM EST
    they just keep on selling...in this case the soul for a reduced sentence.

    Say it loud...he's a rat and he's proud.


    Wrong name (none / 0) (#2)
    by Domino on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 01:58:29 AM EST
    Wil Wheaton is an actor and comedian who was in Stand By Me and one of the Star Trek tv shows.  

    He is not a criminal like Will Heaton.  

    He is a good guy.

    Please correct the item.  Who knows what Google will do with this.

    fixed (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 02:06:09 AM EST