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Safavian Found Guilty

It's all over the news, but in case you missed it: a jury found the first person in connection with the Jack Abramoff case to be put on trial, David H. Safavian, guilty of four felony charges against him.  The Washington Post reports that:

The jury found Safavian guilty of three counts of making false statements -- to the GSA Office of Inspector General, a GSA ethics official and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee -- and one count of obstructing the GSA inspector general's investigation. He was acquitted of another charge of obstructing an investigation by the Indian Affairs Committee.

Safavian tried to help Abramoff acquire a General Service Administration properties, but didn't get very far. 

The seemingly endless number of corruption cases the public has seen in the last year from Duke Cunningham to William Jefferson casts serious doubt on the integrity of our government.  Though most government employees do their jobs well, many must feel demoralized when the system allows corruption to grow rampant in their midst.

By: Nick Schwellenbach
Director of Investigations, POGO

Nick Schwellenbach At the time of publication, Nick Schwellenbach was Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.

Authors: Nick Schwellenbach

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