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I think that there are a few more but I don't have Haynes Johnson's Sleepwalking Through History handy. If you know of any other convictions, I'd like to add it to the list.

Use it in good health!

Oh, and here's the money quote from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Haynes Johnson:

"By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations."

The Reagan administration saw several controversies unfold in their ranks which resulted in 19 administration staffers being convicted.

The most well known - Iran/Contra involved a scheme whereby weapons were illegally sold to Iran and the profits diverted to fund the  anti-Sandanista group, the Contras.

 1. John Poindexter, Reagan's national security advisor, was found guilty of five criminal accounts including lying to Congress, conspriracy and obstruction of justice. His conviction was later overturned on grounds that the prosecution may have been influenced by his immunized testimony in front of Congress.
http://www.fas.org/...
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2. Richard Secord was indicted on nine felony counts of lying to Congress and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to Congress.
http://www.fas.org/...
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 3.  Elliott Abrams agreed to cooperate with investigators and in return was indicted and plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges. He was sentenced to two years probation and one hundred hours of community service.  He was later pardoned by Bush Sr.
http://www.fas.org/...

4. National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane, pled guilty to four misdemeanors and was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.
http://www.fas.org/...

 5. Alan D. Fiers was the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Central American Task Force. He pled guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information from congress and was sentenced to one year of probation and one hundred hours of community service. He was later pardoned by Bush Sr.
http://www.fas.org/...
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6.  Thomas G. Clines: convicted of four counts of tax-related offenses for failing to report income from the Iran/Contra operations.
http://www.fas.org/...
http://www.fas.org/...

7.  Carl R. Channel - Office of Public Diplomacy , partner in International Business- first person convicted in the Iran/Contra scandal, pleaded guilty of one count of defrauding the United States
http://www.fas.org/...
http://www.fas.org/...

8. Richard R. Miller - Partner with Oliver North in IBC, a Office of Public Diplomacy front group, convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
http://www.fas.org/...
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 9. Clair George was Chief of the CIA's Division of Covert Operations under President Reagan. George was convicted of lying to two congressional committees in 1986.
http://www.fas.org/...
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10.Oliver North was indicted on sixteen charges in the Iran/Contra affair and found guilty of three - aiding and abetting obstruction of Congress, shredding or altering official documents and accepting a gratuity. His convictiions were later overturned on the grounds that his immunized testimony had tainted his trial.
http://www.fas.org/...
http://www.fas.org/...

The HUD controvsery involved administration staffers granting federal funding to wealthy constituents, and defrauding the US government out of money intended for low income housing. Judge Arlin Adamns obtained the following convictions:

11. James Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 24 felony counts and pleaded guilty to a single misdcemeanor. He was sentenced to five years probation, and order to pay a $5000 fine.
http://www.pbs.org/...

12. Philip Winn - Assistant HUD Secretary. Pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to give illegal gratuities.
http://www.pbs.org/...

13. Thomas Demery - Assistant HUD Secretary - pleaded guilty to steering HUD subsidies to politically connected donors.
http://www.pbs.org/...

14. Deborah Gore Dean - executive assistant to Samuel Pierce - indicted on thirteen counts, three counts of conspiracy, one count of accepting an illegal gratuity, four counts of perjury, and five counts of concealing articles. She was convicted on twelve accounts. She appealed and prevailed on several accounts but the convictions for conspiracy remained.
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/...

15. Catalina Villaponda - Former US Treasurer, HUD
http://www.pbs.org/...

16. Joseph A. Strauss - Accepting kickbacks
http://www.nlihc.org/...

Lobbying controversies:

 17. Lyn Nofziger--White House Press Secretary - Convicted on charges of illegal lobbying of White House in Wedtech scandal. His conviction was later overturned.
http://www.chron.com/...

 18. Michael Deaver, Reagan's Chief of Staff,  was convicted of lying to both a congressional committee and to a federal grand jury about his lobbying activities. He received three years probation and was fined one hundred thousand dollars after being convicted for lying to a congressional subcommittee.
http://www.pbs.org/...

The EPA controversy involved "election tracking" whereby grants to clean up toxic waste sites were being timed to enhance the election prospects of local Republican politicians. Before joining the EPA, Rita Lavelle, had been employed by Aerojet General - one of the main polluters in the Stringfellow Acid Pit. Though she was asked by her superiors to quit work on Stringfellow, she continued to be involved, raising conflict of interest concerns.

19. Rita Lavelle was indicted, tried and convicted of lying to Congress and served three months of a six-month prison sentence.

http://query.nytimes.com/...
http://archive.salon.com/...

Originally posted to lorelynn on Thu Apr 06, 2006 at 05:53 PM PDT.

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