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http://www.lvrj.com/news/feds-file-criminal-case-against-lobbyist-developer-whittemore-157586365.html

By Jeff German and Francis McCabe


LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Posted: Jun. 6, 2012 | 1:57 p.m.


 Updated: Jun. 6, 2012 | 2:35 p.m.  Onetime political power broker Harvey Whittemore, accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Reno.


Whittemore, 59, an attorney and former lobbyist who wielded much influence within Nevada's political hierarchy, was charged with four counts - making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and two counts of making a false statement to a federal agency.


Allegations surfaced earlier this year that Whittemore unlawfully reimbursed contributions made by his family members and employees to Reid, a powerful Nevada Democrat on Capitol Hill. The practice is known as making conduit contributions, which violates federal campaign finance laws that put ceilings on how much individuals can contribute to candidates.


Whittemore, who lives in Reno, has denied wrongdoing.


His lawyer, Dominic Gentile issued a statement after the indictment was made public.
"It is clear to us and it will be clear to a jury that Mr. Whittemore always acted in a law abiding manner, well within his constitutional rights and with complete transparency," Gentile said. "We respectfully, but strongly, disagree with the government's interpretation of both the facts and law applicable to this case as well as the decision to indict Mr. Whittemore."


The investigation became public Feb. 9, as FBI agents fanned out across the state at some 30 locations to serve subpoenas on Whittemore business associates, family members and employees.


The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported that agents were interested in sizeable contributions that Whittemore and his associates made to Reid's re-election campaign on one date - March 31, 2007. Allegations had surfaced that employees of Whittemore's former development company, Wingfield Nevada Group Holding Co., and its subsidiaries were used to donate to political campaigns and were later reimbursed by Whittemore with company money.


Reid's campaign received at least $133,400 on that March date in 2007 from 29 Whittemore associates, including his family members and his employees and their spouses, most of whom each contributed the maximum allowed $4,600, according to federal campaign reports viewed by the Review-Journal.


Whittemore and his wife, Annette, also contributed $9,200 on March 31, 2007, bringing the total money bundled by Whittemore to at least $142,600. Their contributions, however, were not considered conduit contributions.


Over the years, Whittemore and his family have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Nevada politicians. Reid and other elected officials - including Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. - dumped recent donations and cut ties with Whittemore in the wake of the FBI's investigation.


At the height of his powers as a lobbyist, Whittemore represented some of the state's biggest industries in Carson City, including liquor and tobacco and gaming. Sometimes called the "64th legislator," he had the highest level of access to lawmakers. He also oversaw the Reno office of Lionel, Sawyer  & Collins, one of Nevada's premier law firms.


But in recent years, Whittemore, who once considered Reid among his closest friends, had turned his attention away from lobbying to land development.


At the time of his big push to contribute money to the majority leader's campaign, Whittemore was orchestrating the development of Coyote Springs, a master-planned community in Southern Nevada. With the help of Reid and other members of the Nevada congressional delegation, Whittemore sought to overcome several governmental hurdles because of county water issues and federal land issues.


But in 2008, the 43,000-acre development stalled because of the housing crash and economic recession and has languished ever since and is subject to its own lawsuit.


The forerunner to the federal investigation was a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Whittemore's former business partners filed in Las Vegas, alleging Whittemore embezzled $44 million from the Wingfield Nevada Group.


The company is controlled by Thomas Seeno and Albert Seeno Jr., two brothers who partnered with Whittemore in his master-planned communities in Northern and Southern Nevada, including the Coyote Springs community.


Whittemore responded with his own $60 million lawsuit in Reno federal court against the Seenos, accusing them of racketeering, extortion and defrauding him through their partnership.


The Seenos say they have a "confession" by Whittemore where he admits to using company money to support his lavish lifestyle and maintain his political connections.


Whittemore said he never made a confession or admitted to a crime or fraud, but "under the threat of death and/or bodily injury" prepared agenda items as talking points for a meeting with the Seenos.


Both lawsuits are mired down in legal process, though on Friday a judge could set a trial date in the Clark County case.


This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Contact reporter Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135. Contact Francis McCabe at fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.

See also:  http://www.mynews4.com/content/politics/story/BREAKING-Harvey-Whittemore-indicted/QL2Y8snx9UqdAj-trN8rLA.cspx

and

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jun/06/nv-developer-contributions/


and

http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18721450/breaking-lobbyist-harvey-whittemore-indicted-by

and

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jun/06/federal-grand-jury-indicts-prominent-nevadan-harve/

and

http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/ralstons-flash/2012/jun/06/one-day-reid-reported-124200-contributions-whittem/
 
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BREAKING: Harvey Whittemore indicted on four counts   

http://www.ktvn.com/story/18721519/lobbyist-harvey-whittemore-indicted

Lobbyist Harvey Whittemore Indicted


Prominent Nevada lobbyist and lawyer Harvey Whittemore was indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges that he made unlawful campaign contributions to an elected member of Congress, caused false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and lied to the FBI, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.


"Mr. Whittemore allegedly used his family members and employees as conduits to make illegal contributions to the campaign committee of an elected member of Congress," said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.  "Furthermore, according to today's indictment, he attempted to conceal his crimes by lying to the FBI.  Our campaign finance laws establish maximum limits on individual contributions, and failure to adhere to those rules jeopardizes the integrity of our elections.  We will continue to pursue those who engage in such conduct."


F. Harvey Whittemore, 55, of Reno, Nevada, was charged with one count of making excessive campaign contributions, one count of making contributions in the name of others and two counts of making a false statement to a federal agency.  If convicted, Whittemore faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.


"We remain committed to investigating and prosecuting illegal behavior that jeopardizes the integrity of our elections and corrupts our political process," stated U.S. Attorney Bogden. "Campaign finance laws exist to protect that process and criminal violations of those laws will be vigorously prosecuted by this office."


Under federal law, it is illegal to contribute to a federal political campaign using a conduit in order to hide the identity of the true contributor.  Federal law also sets limits on the amount that an individual can contribute to a campaign.  In 2007, the maximum individual contribution was $2,300 for a primary election and $2,300 for a general election; thus, the maximum for one candidate was $4,600.   


The indictment states that Whittemore was the chief executive of Company A, and was a registered lobbyist in Nevada.  On about Feb. 21, 2007, Whittemore allegedly met with an elected member of Congress (identified in the indictment as federal elected official 1), and agreed to try to collect $150,000 in contributions for the elected official's campaign committee by March 31, 2007, which marked the end of an FEC-mandated quarterly reporting period.

 Aware of the strict limits on individual federal campaign contributions, Whittemore allegedly devised a scheme and plan whereby he used family members, employees of Company A, and their respective spouses, as prohibited conduits through which to funnel his own money to the federal elected official's campaign committee under the guise of lawful campaign contributions.  This scheme allowed Whittemore to make an individual campaign donation to the federal elected official in excess of the limits established by federal law.  Whittemore allegedly concealed the scheme from the FEC, the elected official and the elected official's campaign committee.


In March 2007, Whittemore allegedly solicited the employees, family members and their respective spouses to make the maximum campaign donations to the federal elected official and reimbursed the contributors with personal checks and wire transfers.  In numerous cases, he provided money to the contributors before the contributions were made.  The indictment alleges that Whittemore attempted to conceal some of the reimbursements he made to the contributors by telling the employees that they were bonuses. Whittemore also allegedly paid the contributors additional money on top of the reimbursements.  If a conduit contributed $4,600, Whittemore reimbursed them $5,000; likewise if a couple contributed $9,200, he paid the couple $10,000. 


On about March 28, 2007, Whittemore allegedly caused a Company A employee to transmit $138,000 in contributions to the federal elected official's campaign committee, the vast majority of which were conduit contributions that Whittemore had personally funded in order to satisfy his pledge to the federal elected official.  On April 15, 2007, the campaign committee then unknowingly filed false reports with the FEC stating that the conduits had made the contributions, when in fact, Whittemore had made them.


On about Feb. 9, 2012, Whittemore allegedly made false statements during an interview with FBI agents by claiming that he never made a request for campaign contributions; never asked employees of Company A to contribute to the elected official's campaign; never provided payments to anyone with the expectation that they would serve as reimbursements for campaign contributions; never spoke to any candidate about raising money for the candidate; and never gave money to family members to make political contributions.


The case is being investigated by the FBI, and is being prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami and Trial Attorney Eric G. Olshan of the Public Integrity Section in the Justice Department's Criminal Division.


An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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US Dept. of Justice, Nevada Lobbyist Harvey Whittemore Indicted
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 12:50:28 AM »
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/June/12-crm-720.html

Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  Nevada Lobbyist Harvey Whittemore Indicted for Making Unlawful Campaign Contributions and Lying to Investigators

  WASHINGTON – Nevada lobbyist and lawyer Harvey Whittemore was indicted today in the District of Nevada by a federal grand jury on charges that he made unlawful campaign contributions to an elected member of Congress, caused false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and lied to the FBI, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.

 F. Harvey Whittemore, 55, of Reno, Nevada, was charged with one count of making excessive campaign contributions, one count of making contributions in the name of others and two counts of making a false statement to a federal agency.  Whittemore is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Reno, Nevada, on June 7, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. PDT for arraignment.  If convicted, Whittemore faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

 “Mr. Whittemore allegedly used his family members and employees as conduits to make illegal contributions to the campaign committee of an elected member of Congress,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.  “Furthermore, according to today’s indictment, he attempted to conceal his crimes by lying to the FBI.  Our campaign finance laws establish maximum limits on individual contributions, and failure to adhere to those rules jeopardizes the integrity of our elections.  We will continue to pursue those who engage in such conduct.” 
 “We remain committed to investigating and prosecuting illegal behavior that jeopardizes the integrity of our elections and corrupts our political process,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Campaign finance laws exist to protect that process and criminal violations of those laws will be vigorously prosecuted by this office.”

 Under federal law, it is illegal to contribute to a federal political campaign using a conduit in order to hide the identity of the true contributor.  Federal law also sets limits on the amount that an individual can contribute to a campaign.  In 2007, the maximum individual contribution was $2,300 for a primary election and $2,300 for a general election; thus, the maximum for one candidate was $4,600. 

 The indictment states that Whittemore was the chief executive of Company A.  On about Feb. 21, 2007, Whittemore allegedly met with an elected member of Congress (identified in the indictment as Federal Elected Official 1), and agreed to try to collect $150,000 in contributions for the elected official’s campaign committee by March 31, 2007, which marked the end of a legally required quarterly reporting period.  Aware of the strict limits on individual federal campaign contributions, Whittemore allegedly devised a scheme and plan whereby he used family members, employees of Company A, and their respective spouses, as prohibited conduits through which to funnel his own money to the federal elected official’s campaign committee under the guise of lawful campaign contributions.  This scheme allowed Whittemore to make an individual campaign donation to the federal elected official in excess of the limits established by federal law.  Whittemore allegedly concealed the scheme from the FEC, the elected official and the elected official’s campaign committee.

 In March 2007, Whittemore allegedly solicited the employees, family members and their respective spouses to make the maximum campaign donations to the federal elected official and reimbursed the contributors with personal checks and wire transfers.  The indictment alleges that Whittemore attempted to conceal some of the reimbursements he made to the contributors by telling the employees that they were bonuses.  Whittemore also allegedly paid the contributors additional money on top of the reimbursements.  If a conduit contributed $4,600, Whittemore reimbursed the individual $5,000; likewise if a couple contributed $9,200, he paid the couple $10,000.

 On about March 28, 2007, Whittemore allegedly caused a Company A employee to transmit $138,000 in contributions to the federal elected official’s campaign committee, the vast majority of which were conduit contributions that Whittemore had personally funded in order to satisfy his pledge to the federal elected official.  On April 15, 2007, the campaign committee then unknowingly filed false reports with the FEC stating that the conduits had made the contributions, when in fact, Whittemore had made them.

 On about Feb. 9, 2012, Whittemore allegedly made false statements during an interview with FBI agents by claiming that he never made a request for campaign contributions; never asked employees of company A to contribute to the elected official’s campaign; never provided payments to anyone with the expectation that they would serve as reimbursements for campaign contributions; never spoke to any candidate about raising money for the candidate; and never gave money to family members to make political contributions.

 The case is being investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami and Trial Attorney Eric G. Olshan of the Public Integrity Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
 An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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Federal Grand Jury indicts former Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 12:55:03 AM »
http://m.lvsun.com/news/2012/jun/06/federal-grand-jury-indicts-prominent-nevadan-harve/

 By David McGrath Schwartz
Published Wed, Jun 6, 2012 (2:29 p.m.)
Updated 52 minutes ago
    Related document    A federal grand jury indicted former Nevada powerbroker Harvey Whittemore today on charges of funneling $138,000 to an elected official’s campaign through family members and employees and then lying to the FBI about it, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.


Whittemore, a prominent lobbyist and attorney, promised to raise $150,000 for an unnamed federal official, only identified as “Federal Elected Official 1,” in February 2007.


“Mr. Whittemore allegedly used his family members and employees as conduits to make illegal contributions to the campaign committee of an elected member of Congress,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, in a news release. “Our campaign finance laws establish maximum limits on individual contributions, and failure to adhere to those rules jeopardizes the integrity of our elections. We will continue to pursue those who engage in such conduct.”


Whittemore, 55, of Reno, was charged with one count of making excessive campaign contributions, one count of making contributions in the name of others and two counts of making a false statement to a federal agency.


If convicted, Whittemore faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
Whittemore’s attorney, Dominic Gentile, said in a statement: "It is clear to us and it will be clear to a jury that Mr. Whittemore always acted in a law-abiding manner, well within his constitutional rights and with complete transparency. We respectfully, but strongly, disagree with the government's interpretation of both the facts and law applicable to this case as well as the decision to indict Mr. Whittemore."


Federal law prohibits making contributions to a campaign through a conduit in order to hide the identity of the true contributor.


Federal law also sets limits on the amount that an individual can contribute to a campaign. In 2007, the maximum individual contribution was $2,300 for a primary election and $2,300 for a general election.


According to the U.S. Attorney’s statement, “Whittemore allegedly devised a scheme and plan whereby he used family members, employees of Company A, and their respective spouses, as prohibited conduits through which to funnel his own money to the federal elected official’s campaign committee under the guise of lawful campaign contributions.”


Whittemore told some employees that they were bonuses, and paid the contributors additional money on top of the reimbursements, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. If a conduit contributed $4,600, Whittemore reimbursed them $5,000; likewise if a couple contributed $9,200, he paid the couple $10,000.


A federal magistrate has issued a warrant for Whittemore's arrest.


Although the indictment does not name the elected official who received the alleged conduit contributions, Whittemore and his associates gave U.S. Sen. Harry Reid nearly $150,000 on March 31, 2007, according to calculations made by Sun columnist Jon Ralston.


Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman did not respond to questions about whether Reid was the federal official identified in the indictment.


 In a statement, she said: “The Whittemore family gave money to local, state and federal officials over many years. At no time did Sen. Reid have any knowledge that Mr. Whittemore was engaging in these alleged unlawful contributions to Sen. Reid or any elected official. Sen. Reid believes that this is a very serious matter, and he has full confidence in the American justice system.”


This story is developing. Check back for updates.


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Harvey Whittemore: Arrest Warrant and Indictment
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 12:56:38 AM »
Harvey Whittemore

Arrest Warrant and Indictment  (download pdf)

http://media.lasvegassun.com/media/pdfs/2012/06/06/Whittemore.pdf

From Arrest Warrant:

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This offense is briefly described as follows:

Title 2, United States Code, Section 441a(a)(1)  - Making Excessive Campaign Contributions
          (Count One);
Title 2, United States Code, Section 441f - Making Contributions in the Name of Another
          (Count Two);
Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2) and 2 - False Statement to a Federal
          Agency (Count Three);
Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2) - False Statement to a Federal Agency
          (Count Four)



From the Indictment:

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THE GRAND JURY CHARGES THAT:

At all times relevant to this indictment:

                                                    INTRODUCTION

1. Defendant, F. HARVEY WHITTEMORE, was the Chief Executive of Company A.

2.  Company A was a Nevada limited liability company with offices in the District of Nevada.  Company A was engaged primarily in the acquisition and management of land-development projects and also acted as a holding company for various other business entities.

3.  Federal Elected Official 1 was as elected member of the United States Congress.

4.  Committee B was the federal campaign committee formed to receive campaign contributions for the re-election of Federal Elected Official 1. 

5.  The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, Title 2, United States Code, Sections 431 through 455 ("Election Act"), regulated financial activity intended to inflluence the election of candidates for federal office.

6.  In order to limit the influence that any one person could have on the outcome of a federal election, the Election Act established limits on the amounts individuals could contribute to an individual candidate's political campaign committee.

7.  To promote transparency and prevent individuals from circumventing these regulations, the Election Act prohibited a person from making a political contribution in the name of another person,including giving funds to a straw donor or conduit for the purpose of having the conduit pass the funds on to a federal candidate as his or her own contribution.

8.  The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was an agency and department of the United States with jurisdiction to enforce the limits and prohibitions of the Election Act.  In order to deter abuses and instill public confidence in the election process, the FEC was and is responsible for making available to the public specific information about the amounts and sources of political contributions to federal candidates and their political committees.

9.  Pursuant to the Election Act, the FEC required campaign committees, including Committee B, to file periodic reports of receipts and disbursements, identifying, among other things, each person who made a contribution to such committee during the relevant reporting period whose contribution or contributions had an aggregate amount or value in excess of $200 within the calendar year, together with the date and the amount of any such contribution.  In preparing these reports, federal candidates and political committees relied on the information provided by the donor, including the individual's name, address, and occupation.  These periodic reports, which were filed with the FEC and made publicly available, were intended to provide citizens with a transparent record of all contributions to candidates for federal office. 

10.  In 2007, the Election Act limited both primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,300, for a total of $4,600 from any individual to any one candidate.

                                      THE CONDUIT SCHEME

11.  On or about February 2007, defendant met with Federal Elected Official 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and agreed to act as a rundraiser to collect a target amount of $150,000 in campaign contributions for Committee B by March 31, 2007, which marked the end of a legally required reporting period.

12.  Committee B kept records of the amounts of money raised by campaign fundraisers, including defendant.

13.  Aware of the strict limits on individual federal campaign contributions, defendant knowingly devised a scheme and plan whereby he used family members, employees of Company A, and their respective spouses as prohibited conduits through which to funnel his own money to Committee B under the guise of lawful campaign contributions.

14.  It was part of the scheme and plan to knowingly make individual campaign contributions in excess of the limits established by the Eletion Act.

15.  It was part of the scheme and plan to knowingly conceal from the FEC, Committee B, Federal Elected Official 1, and the public the true source and amount of the campaign contributions.

16.  It was part of the scheme and plan to use conduits to knowingly deceive Federal Elected Official 1 and Committee B into believing that defendant lawfully raised significant sums of money for Committee B when, in truth, he had not.

                                        EXECUTION OF THE SCHEME

17.  In or about March 2007, defendant directly and indirectly solicited employees of Company A and their spouses to make the maximum allowable federal campaign contributions to Committee B, knowing that his personal money would be used to advance funds to or reimburse these individuals.  The funding of the contributions took several forms, including issuing personal checks and authorizing wire transfers from his personal bank account.  In some instances, the defendant attempted to conceal the reimbursements to various employees of Campany A by verbally characterizing them as bonuses.

18.  In or about March 2007, defendant gave his own money to adult members of his family and their respective spouses, with the intent and purpose that this money would be used to make the maximum allowable contribution to Committee B under the name of the family member or spouse.

19.  To maximize the use of each conduit contributor, defendant caused his familymembers, employees of Company A and their respective spouses, to each make a contribution of $4,600 to Committee B and Federal Elected Official 1, the maximum total amount permitted under the Election Act of 2007.  In connection with the conduit contributions, defendant paid $5000 to each individual who contributed $4,600 to Committee B.  Likewise, the defendant paid $10,000 to each couple that contributed a total of $9,200. 

20.  On or about March 28, 2007, and in furtherance of his scheme and plan, defendant caused Committee B to file reports with the FEC falsely stating that the conduits had made the contributions, when, in truth and in fact, and as the defendant well knew, each contribution was made by the defendant.   

                                                          COUNT ONE

                                      Making Excessive Campaign Contributions
                 (Title 2, United States Code Secs. 441a(a)(1) and 427g(d)(1)(A)(i)

23.  The Grand ury Incorporates paragraphs 1 through 22 as paragraph 23 of this Indictment as though fully set forth herein.

24.  In or about March 2007, in the District of Nevada and elsewhere,

                                          F.  HARVEY WHITTEMORE

defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully make, and cause to be made, contributions to Committee B, the official campaign committee of Federal Elected Official 1, a candidate for re-election to the United States Contress, which contributions exceeded the limitation contained in the Election Act, and which violation aggregated $25,000 or more during the 2007 calendar year.

      All in violation of Title 2, United States Code, Sections 441a(a)(1) and 437g(d)(1)(A)(i).

                                                  COUNT TWO

                            Making Contributions in the Name of Another
               (Title 2, United States Code Secs. 441f and 437g(d)(1)(A)(i)

25.  The Grand Jury incorporates paragraphs 1 through 22 as paragraph 25 in this Indictment
as though fully set forth herein.

26.  In or about March 2007, in the District of Nevada and elsewhere,

                                       F. HARVEY WHITTEMORE

defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully make, and cause to be made, contributions of money, aggregating $25,000 and more during the 2007 calendar year, in the names of others, to Committee B, the official federal campaign committee of Federal Elected Official 1, a candidate for re-election to the United States Congress.

      All in violation of Title 2, United States Code, Sections 441f and 437(g)(d)(1)(A)(i).


                                              COUNT THREE

                            False Statement to a Federal Agency
                     (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001(a)(2) and 2)

27.  The Grand Jury incorporates paragraphs 1 through 22 as paragraph 27 of this Indictment
as though fully set forth herein.

28.  On or about April 15, 2007, in the District of Nevada and elsewhere, in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission, a department or agency of the United States Government,

                                       F. HARVEY WHITTEMORE,

defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully cause to be made, a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement and representation, to-wit:  an April 2007 quarterly report filed with the FEC, which falsely, fictitiously and fraudulently stted that contributions to Committee B came from the funds of individual members of defendant's family, employees of Company A, and certain of their spouses, when, in truth and in fact, as defendant well knew, the contributions came from the funds of the defendant.

      All in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001(1)(2) and 2.

                                                  COUNT FOUR

                                False Statement to a Federal Agency
                  (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001(a)(2))

29.  The Grand Jury incorporates paragraphs 1 through 22 as paragraph 29 of this Indictment as though fully set forth herein.

30.  On or about February 9, 2012, in the District of Nevada and elsewhere, in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a department or agency of the United States Government,

                                                 F. HARVEY WHITTEMORE,

defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully make materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations, to-wit:  in the course of an interview by FBI agents conducting an official investigation, defendant claimed that he (a) never made a request for campaign contributions, (b) never asked employees of Company A to contribute to Federal Elected Official 1, (c) never provided payments to anyone with the expectation that they would use the money as reimbursement for any campaign contribution, (d) never spoke to any candidate about raising money for the candidate, and (e) never gave money to extended family, including nieces and nephews, to make campaign contributions, when, in truth and in fact, as defendant well knew, each of these assertions were false, fictitious, and fraudulent.

      All in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001(a)(2).






 
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UPDATE: Whittemore attorney John Arrascada tells News 4's Karen Griffin that Whittemore will surrender tomorrow. No time has been set yet.

UPDATE: News 4's Karen Griffin has talked to Whittemore's attorney and has confirmed that Whittemore will self-surrender. He is making arrangements to do so now.

Now what about that taxpayer money?

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http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/06/2836415/donor-tied-to-reid-is-indicted.html

Donor tied to Reid is indicted over contributions       

By SANDRA CHEREB Associated Press   

CARSON CITY, Nev. --  A federal grand jury has indicted a Nevada developer with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on criminal charges related to campaign contributions.
The indictment Wednesday accuses Harvey Whittemore of devising a scheme to solicit campaign contributions from family members and employees in 2007 and skirt federal election law limits by reimbursing them.

Federal Election Commission records show Whittemore, family members and employees of his former company, Wingfield Nevada Group Holding Co., contributing more than $100,000 in a single day to Reid in March 2007.   
 
 Reid's office said in February that money donated to the Nevada Democrat has been given to charity.

Two other lawmakers from Nevada, Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley, have also said they would donate money received from Whittemore. 
 
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And if false statements were made to the FBI what other false statements have been made?  Why would grants be funded with taxpayer money and who is going to account for that money? 
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/harvey-whittemore-indicted_n_1576305.html

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Nevada developer with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on criminal charges related to campaign contributions.

The indictment Wednesday accuses Harvey Whittemore of devising a scheme to solicit campaign contributions from family members and employees in 2007 and skirt federal election law limits by reimbursing them.

Federal Election Commission records show Whittemore, family members and employees of his former company, Wingfield Nevada Group Holding Co., contributing more than $100,000 in a single day to Reid in March 2007.

Reid's office said in February that money donated to the Nevada Democrat has been given to charity.

Two other lawmakers from Nevada, Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley, have also said they would donate money received from Whittemore.

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Can't understand why they have received government grants when under indictment. As far as breaking political finance laws, they should pay the price.

Unfortunately, the new decision by the supreme court that corporations and individuals can funnel money to candidates anonymously is going to make this money look like nothing. Politics in money has always been a problem, but it is going to only get worse. And, it's legal!

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http://www.rgj.com/article/20120606/NEWS/306060154/1459

The indictment of Reno lawyer, developer and former lobbyist Harvey Whittemore on federal campaign-contribution charges Wednesday signals the end of a career of a man who was called “the king of the Legislature.”

“My take on this is how far this guy has fallen and how quickly he will be abandoned,” said David Damore, an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “He used to be the king of the Legislature, right?”

Although Whittemore’s influence at the Legislature was well-known, his indictment stems from contributions at the federal level.

The indictment probably marks the end of the career of one of the most powerful non-elected officials in Nevada, another noted political science professor said.

“This is personally devastating for Harvey Whittemore and it is very devastating for those politicians who have worked with Harvey over the years because we have already seen that distancing occur,” said Fred Lokken, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. “He (Whittemore) is literally rendered completely ineffective in terms of political influence. Whether they find him guilty or not, it has ruined or ended this part of his life.”
Immediately following the news of the indictment Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley , D-Las Vegas, said she would get rid of all the money that Whittemore had contributed to her and give it to the U.S. Treasury. Berkley had received $11,900 from Whittemore.

Initially, a spokesman told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the campaign would dispose of the money, but then later it put the money in escrow until the investigation was completed.
“Given the recent indictment, the campaign feels it is appropriate to dispose of all contributions associated with Mr. Whittemore by sending them to the United States Treasury,” Xochitl Hinojosa, communication director for Berkley for U.S. Senate, said in a statement.

Berkley is locked in a tight race for the Senate with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Other candidates include Republicans Sherry Brooks, Richard Charles, Eddie “In Liberty” Hamilton and Carlo “Nakusa” Poliak; Democrats Steve Brown, Barry Ellsworth, Michael Leslie, Louis Macias and Nancy Price; and David Lory VanderBeek of the Independent American Party.
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Heller, who received $27,600 from Whittemore, his family and associates, announced on April 1 that he had given $27,000 to three Nevada charities in response to the Whittemore investigation.

His campaign was critical of Berkley’s decision Wednesday to hold the money in escrow and only get rid of it after the Whittemore indictment was known.
“Unlike Shelley Berkley and the Nevada State Democratic Party’s habit of saying one thing and doing another, Dean Heller committed from the very beginning to give the funds to charity, and he followed through on his word,” Chandler Smith, campaign spokeswoman for Heller, said in a statement.

National Republicans also were critical of Berkley.
“But elected officials should always hold themselves to a higher standard, and it’s remarkable that it took an actual federal indictment for the congresswoman to pry herself free of these campaign contributions,” Jahan Wilcox, National Republican Senatorial Committee press secretary, said in a statement.

“Let’s hope this time, Congresswoman Berkley finally does the right thing and gives this money away as she first promised to do months ago,” Wilcox said
Democratic U.S. House candidate Dina Titus, a former U.S. representative from Las Vegas, has received $34,700 since 2008 from Whittemore.
Titus, also a former state Senate minority leader, said earlier that she was waiting for a final decision in the Whittemore case before deciding what to do with the donations.
Her campaign manager stuck by that decision Wednesday.
“The final decision has not been made by the courts,” said Titus’ campaign manager Jay Gertsema. “And until the courts have finished what they are going to do with this case, the campaign is still waiting for that decision.”

Titus will not put the money in escrow like Berkley did, Gertsema said.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has received $51,000 from Whittemore and his family, according to records. He has also received more than $92,000 from people in Whittemore’s businesses.

Reid has said he has given the Whittemore funds to charity.
His spokeswoman did not address the issue of the $92,000 from Whittemore businesses when asked what Reid would do with that money on Wednesday.

Heller, who received $27,600 from Whittemore, his family and associates, announced on April 1 that he had given $27,000 to three Nevada charities in response to the Whittemore investigation.

His campaign was critical of Berkley’s decision Wednesday to hold the money in escrow and only get rid of it after the Whittemore indictment was known.
“Unlike Shelley Berkley and the Nevada State Democratic Party’s habit of saying one thing and doing another, Dean Heller committed from the very beginning to give the funds to charity, and he followed through on his word,” Chandler Smith, campaign spokeswoman for Heller, said in a statement.

National Republicans also were critical of Berkley.
“But elected officials should always hold themselves to a higher standard, and it’s remarkable that it took an actual federal indictment for the congresswoman to pry herself free of these campaign contributions,” Jahan Wilcox, National Republican Senatorial Committee press secretary, said in a statement.
“Let’s hope this time, Congresswoman Berkley finally does the right thing and gives this money away as she first promised to do months ago,” Wilcox said
Democratic U.S. House candidate Dina Titus, a former U.S. representative from Las Vegas, has received $34,700 since 2008 from Whittemore.

Titus, also a former state Senate minority leader, said earlier that she was waiting for a final decision in the Whittemore case before deciding what to do with the donations.
Her campaign manager stuck by that decision Wednesday.
“The final decision has not been made by the courts,” said Titus’ campaign manager Jay Gertsema. “And until the courts have finished what they are going to do with this case, the campaign is still waiting for that decision.”
Titus will not put the money in escrow like Berkley did, Gertsema said.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has received $51,000 from Whittemore and his family, according to records. He has also received more than $92,000 from people in Whittemore’s businesses.

Reid has said he has given the Whittemore funds to charity.
His spokeswoman did not address the issue of the $92,000 from Whittemore businesses when asked what Reid would do with that money on Wednesday.
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Can't understand why they have received government grants when under indictment. As far as breaking political finance laws, they should pay the price.

Unfortunately, the new decision by the supreme court that corporations and individuals can funnel money to candidates anonymously is going to make this money look like nothing. Politics in money has always been a problem, but it is going to only get worse. And, it's legal!

Well at least we can make noise on where our tax dollars go.
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http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage
Power broker Harvey Whittemore pleads not guilty to federal charges; in federal custody

3:18 PM Wearing a black suit and with chains around his ankles indicating he was in federal custody, Harvey Whittemore pleaded not guilty today to four federal counts stemming from alleged illegal campaign contributions.
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Former NV powerbroker Whittemore pleads not guilty
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2012, 12:15:13 AM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/former-nevada-powerbroker-harvey-whittemore-to-appear-on-court-on-campaign-finance-charges/2012/06/07/gJQAyfOgLV_story.html

Former Nevada powerbroker Whittemore pleads not guilty to federal campaign finance charges

  By  Associated Press,  Updated: Thursday, June 7, 6:53 PM     

RENO, Nev. — A former developer and lobbyist with long ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada’s political elite says he’s not guilty of violating federal campaign contribution laws.

Harvey Whittemore stood Thursday wearing a white shirt, blue suit and leg chains for a brief arraignment in U.S. District Court in Reno.

Whittemore pleaded not guilty to all four counts in an indictment stemming from campaign contributions of more than $100,000 on a single day in 2007 to an unnamed elected federal official.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Cobb said the 59-year-old Whittemore can remain free pending trial Aug. 7.Whittemore contributed to numerous politicians including Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley.

But records show only Reid received donations of more than $100,000 on a single day in 2007. 
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