At last, the bell has tolled for Todd Boulanger.
In November, he quit his job as a lobbyist at Cassidy and Associates, amid the growing likelihood that he’d be charged in Jack Abramoff’s corruption scheme.
And now he has been.
The Associated Press reports:
The government says Todd Boulanger gave government aides “a stream of things of value,” including all-expense-paid travel, tickets to professional sports and concerts and nights out at expensive restaurants, to reward and influence actions that would benefit his clients. He was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
One of those aides, it appears, was Trevor Blackann, a former staffer for Missouri Republicans Roy Blunt and Kit Bond, who pleaded guilty last fall to having accepted an all-expenses paid trip to the 2003 World Series — including limousine service and a visit to a strip club — arranged by Boulanger and another member of Team Abramoff, James Hirni.
But the Associated Press has identified another of the aides who accepted gifts from Boulanger: Ann Copland, a former staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, the Mississippi Republican.
According to the documents, in 2002 Kevin Ring, another Abramoff crony who was charged last September, forwarded to Abramoff and Hirni an email from “Staffer E” (identified by AP as Copland), above which Ring wrote: “Wow … We already told her she was fine on McCartney, ice skating and Green Day — although we need to let her know how many tix she can have for each. Also, please review the other requests and let me know what we can do there.”
Copland was hired by Mississippi Public Broadcasting in May 2008 as deputy executive director for education.
Before working with Abramoff, Boulanager was an aide to former Republican senator Bob Smith of New Hampshire.
It looks like Boulanger will plead guilty. The AP notes:
The charge was outlined in a federal court document known as an information — a document normally filed as part of a plea deal.
So it’s possible we could we see yet more charges filed in this long-running saga…
Late Update: Boulanger says he is cooperating with the investigation. His lawyer sent the following statement to AP:
Mr. Boulanger regrets this situation and is accepting responsibility for certain past conduct.
The circumstances underlying this situation arose more than five years ago, when Todd was employed by the law firm of Greenberg Traurig as a young lobbyist working under Jack Abramoff. Mr. Boulanger is cooperating with the Department of Justice in its investigation and looks forward to its complete and swift resolution.