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Wayne Curtis (Curt) Weldon
Update: July 31, 2009: Russell James Caso, Jr., Weldon's former chief of staff, was sentenced to home detention and probation this week. He could have faced prison time, and the U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy characterized Caso's actions as "truly criminal." But Caso is also cooperating with authorities into the ongoing probe. Are you paying attention, Curt?
The Honorable Curt Weldon (Republican-Pennsylvania), is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department to determine if he traded his political influence for lucrative lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter. The matter has been formally referred to the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. The issue surrounds Weldon's efforts between 2002 and 2004 to aid two Russian companies and two Serbian brothers with ties to former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. The Russian companies and the Serbian foundation hired a firm co-owned by Weldon's daughter, Karen, for fees totaling more than a $1 million a year. Karen Weldon apparently had no consulting experience when she and Charles Sexton, a long-time Weldon ally, created the firm Solutions North America, Inc., in 2002. [For other examples of Members of Congress and their families, click here.]
Update: On Oct. 16, 2006, FBI agents raided the homes of Weldon's daughter and Charles Sexton. A federal grand jury has obtained evidence gathered over at least four months through wiretaps. No comment so far from Weldon or his daughter.
Update: Weldon defeated for re-election in November. (For other Bad Boys defeated, check out Congressional RoadKill).
Update, Dec. 7, 2007: an one-time top aide to Weldon, Russell James Caso, Jr., has plead guilty to a conspiracy charge, in association with a plea agreement. Caso, Weldon's chief of staff, did not report to the House income his wife made while doing work for a nonprofit company tied to Weldon's wife.
Source: Del Quentin Wilber, "Aide to Ex-Rep. Weldon Gets Home Detention for Fraud," Washington Post, July 31, 2009.