Abramoff associate sentenced for role in scandal

Italia Federici, a former associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was sentenced to two months in a halfway house and four years of probation, plus $77,243 in restitution, for her role in the scandal.

Federici was the head of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy. She used the organization to accept money from Abramoff and his tribal clients and in turn, Abramoff used her to gain access to J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary at the Interior Department.

Federici and Griles were dating at the time. Griles is currently serving ten months in his prison for lying to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee about his relationship with Abramoff.

Federici admitted to obstructing the committee and to tax evasion. Her former vice president, Robert Jared Carpenter, also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced him to 45 days in a halfway house plus four years of probation, along with $74,000 in restitution.

Federici and Carpenter were also dating.

Federici is a former associate of former Interior Secretary Gale Norton, who wasn't implicated in the scandal.

Get the Story:
Republican With Links to Abramoff Is Sentenced (The Washington Post 12/16)
Ex-aide to Norton gets probation (The Denver Rocky Mountain News 12/15)
Go-between in Abramoff scandal sentenced (The Denver Post 12/15)
Abramoff go-between punished (AP 12/15)

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Senate Indian Affairs Committee Abramoff Report:

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Relevant Links:
Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy - http://www.crea-online.org

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