Gambling Raid Storms Republican Congressman's Home
According to the FBI Department of Internal Affairs, United States Republican John Doolittle was raided in Northern Virginia by US federal agents due to his alleged ties and involvement with former convicted gambling lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Law enforcement sources in the FBI reported that the raid occurred on Tuesday at Doolittle's home, a place where he and his wife ran a Republican fundraising committee.
According to facts released by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Doolittle was associated with an investigation into the Abramoff gambling scandals.
Julie Doolittle, his wife, owned a Conservative fundraising firm, Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions. The firm had been tied to Abramoff's law firm, Greenberg Traurig.
This week, Kevin Ring, a gambling lobbyist also associated with Abramoff and who previously worked as an aide to Doolittle, quit his job with the law firm where he worked.
The infamous Jack Abramoff is currently serving a 5.5 year term for his involvement in the Florida-based SunCruz Casinos gambling fraud debacle. A federal judge has granted him a hearing to determine a reduction in his sentence as a reward for his continued cooperation in the Department of Justice probe.
Since his conviction, Jack Abramoff has worked closely with Federal Investigators in an attempt at a reduced sentence.
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