September 16, 1988 |
John Shahabian, a state Senate aide who turned informant after being caught in the FBI's Capitol sting operation, was an intermediary for campaign contributions in 1986 but "never got a dime personally," his attorney, Donald H. Heller, told The Times on Thursday. Heller's comment is the first indication he has given of the role Shahabian was playing when he was snared by federal investigators in their probe of Capitol corruption.
September 14, 1988 |
Paul Carpenter, a member of the state Board of Equalization linked to the FBI's Capitol sting operation, had no dealings with the front company that donated $20,000 to his 1986 campaign, a spokesman said Tuesday. Carpenter, at his first public meeting since federal agents raided the Capitol on Aug. 24 and searched the offices of four lawmakers and their aides, declined to be interviewed.
September 13, 1988 |
Early last fall, a husky state Senate aide named John Shahabian drove out to the Federal Building a few miles north of the Capitol for a 7 a.m. meeting. Shahabian thought that he was going to be helping a developer overcome some environmental questions the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had raised about a project. Instead, he was led through a side entrance of the building, past a door bearing the Fish and Wildlife insignia and into a room filled with FBI agents.
September 12, 1988 |
Four legislators who are prominent targets of the FBI's investigation into political corruption have received thousands of dollars in personal income from businesses seeking to influence the course of legislation in the state Capitol, public records show. The four lawmakers, who all are in a position to help decide the fate of certain bills, reported receiving a total of $161,474 in honorariums from special-interest groups during 1986 and 1987.
September 9, 1988 |
Assemblyman Frank Hill (R-Whittier) received a sizable honorarium this year from one of the phony companies set up by the FBI as part of its sting operation aimed at uncovering corruption in the Capitol, sources familiar with the probe told The Times. It was the first specific indication of why Hill is a subject of the FBI investigation.
September 6, 1988 |
Federal law enforcement officials abruptly ended the sting phase of their undercover investigation into alleged Capitol corruption on Aug. 24 because a top aide to Assembly Republican Leader Pat Nolan of Glendale refused an offer to turn informant, sources familiar with the FBI operation told The Times Monday.