Summary Of Charges Against U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.

Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. was convicted Thursday of all 10 counts against him:

  • Count One, conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute: Alleged that Traficant received from Asphalt Specialist paving company free labor and materials for work at his farm in exchange for his intervention on behalf of the company with federal and state regulators.
    Potential penalty: five years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Count Two, conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute: Alleged Traficant accepted free labor and materials from Honey Creek Contracting Co. and its owner, Arthur Sugar, in return for several favors.
    Potential penalty: five years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Count Three, conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute: Alleged that Traficant was given $26,000 for boat repairs by John Cafaro, whose U.S. Aerospace Group then sought Traficant's assistance in trying to convince the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the company's laser-guided aircraft landing technology. Government alleged Cafaro later paid Traficant $13,000 to buy the boat.
    Potential penalty: five years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Count Four, conspiracy to violate the federal bribery statute: Accused Traficant of requiring staff member Allen Sinclair to turn over $2,500 from his monthly congressional paychecks.
    Potential penalty: five years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Count Five, seeking and accepting illegal gratuities: Also pertains to taking money from Sinclair.
    Potential penalty: five years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Count Six, obstruction of justice: Alleged Traficant tried to persuade Sinclair to destroy evidence and provide false testimony to a federal grand jury.
    Potential penalty: two years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Count Seven, conspiracy to defraud the United States: Alleged Traficant arranged for his staff in Washington to maintain and repair his personal boat and required his Ohio staff members to do jobs at his farm.
    Potential penalty: five years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Counts Eight and Nine, filing false tax return: Alleged Traficant and his wife reported income of $138,985 in 1998 and $140,163 in 1999 when the actual income was "substantially" greater.
    Potential penalty for each count: three years in prison, $100,000 fine.
  • Count Ten, racketeering: Alleged a pattern of racketeering including bribery and mail fraud offenses related to the previous charges.
    Potential penalty: 20 years in prison, $250,000 fine. In addition, the government could seek a court order that Traficant forfeit any property shown to be derived through racketeering.

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