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November 25, 1992 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former administrative assistant to Rep. Joe Kolter (D-Pa.) was indicted Tuesday on charges of obstructing justice and tampering with a witness in the criminal investigation of the House post office. In a 14-count indictment, a federal grand jury also charged Gerald W. Weaver II with narcotics offenses and insurance fraud. Last July, a grand jury subpoenaed Kolter, along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) and Rep. Austin J. Murphy (D-Pa.
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November 19, 1994 | Associated Press
Former Rep. Joe Kolter was released without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to embezzlement and other charges stemming from a federal investigation of the House post office. Prosecutors have charged the Pennsylvania Democrat with embezzling more than $40,000 from taxpayers in cash, disguised as stamp purchases, and in watches, china and other personal items from a congressional stationery store. He was defeated in a 1992 primary after serving five terms.
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March 26, 1992 | RONALD J. OSTROW and SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a new twist in the emerging House Post Office scandal that may involve obstruction of justice, federal authorities are investigating the possibility that funds found to be missing from the post office till were surreptitiously replaced last summer.
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July 8, 1994 | From Associated Press
Employees at the House post office described their workplace as a cesspool of sloth and disorganization that showed efficiency only when called on to do special favors for members of Congress. And prominent among those who tapped the post office for help was Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), the former Ways and Means Committee chairman now under federal indictment on corruption charges, according to transcripts released Thursday.
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November 19, 1994 | Associated Press
Former Rep. Joe Kolter was released without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to embezzlement and other charges stemming from a federal investigation of the House post office. Prosecutors have charged the Pennsylvania Democrat with embezzling more than $40,000 from taxpayers in cash, disguised as stamp purchases, and in watches, china and other personal items from a congressional stationery store. He was defeated in a 1992 primary after serving five terms.
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May 15, 1992 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury investigating the House post office scandal has widened its probe to include Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and two other lawmakers, House leaders disclosed Thursday. In a major escalation of the investigation, the grand jury subpoenaed Rostenkowski's expense records, along with those of two Pennsylvania Democrats, Reps. Austin J. Murphy and Joe Kolter, and ordered all three men to appear before the panel for questioning.
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March 8, 1994 | WILLIAM J. EATON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For more than a year, federal prosecutors have been investigating one of the most powerful and senior members of the House: Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. U.S. Atty. Eric Holder Jr. says that the investigation is now in its "final stages," with an indictment considered a distinct possibility. Investigators are looking into allegations that Rostenkowski was involved in schemes to misuse public funds.
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July 23, 1993 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After fierce debate that forced Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) to the House floor to deny accusations about his conduct, Democrats successfully squelched a Republican effort Thursday to release records of an internal investigation of the House post office.
NEWS
July 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
A draft congressional report alleges that the former House postmaster inflated mail-handling statistics by as much as 100 million pieces a year to justify more political patronage workers for his operation, sources familiar with the report said Friday. The report is being thrashed out by three Democrats and three Republicans on a task force looking into wrongdoing and mismanagement at the House post office.
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May 1, 1992 | From Associated Press
A former House post office supervisor pleaded innocent Thursday to charges of cocaine possession and conspiring to cover up embezzlement at the post office. Dorothea Niki Risenhoover of Alexandria, Va., entered the plea through her attorney. She was charged in a two-count criminal information on April 17 with possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to conceal a material fact.
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March 8, 1994 | WILLIAM J. EATON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For more than a year, federal prosecutors have been investigating one of the most powerful and senior members of the House: Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. U.S. Atty. Eric Holder Jr. says that the investigation is now in its "final stages," with an indictment considered a distinct possibility. Investigators are looking into allegations that Rostenkowski was involved in schemes to misuse public funds.
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July 28, 1993 | MICHAEL ROSS and DWIGHT MORRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
This was, by his own reckoning, supposed to have been Dan Rostenkowski's finest hour. In the twilight of a long political career, the Illinois Democrat would steer President Clinton's economic and health care policies through the treacherous shoals of Congress and, in the process, make a major contribution to the fortunes of both his country and his party before retiring.
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July 25, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to a week of escalating allegations, a defiant Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) denied Saturday that he obtained thousands of dollars in cash in an embezzlement scheme involving office expense funds. "I want to make it absolutely clear that I have committed no crime and have engaged in no illegal or unethical conduct," said the Chicago Democrat, standing in the vast, ornate hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee, which he heads.
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July 23, 1993 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After fierce debate that forced Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) to the House floor to deny accusations about his conduct, Democrats successfully squelched a Republican effort Thursday to release records of an internal investigation of the House post office.
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July 20, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER. Times staff writers William J. Eaton and Ronald J. Ostrow contributed to this story
The former head of the House post office pleaded guilty Monday to providing lawmakers with illegal cash for 20 years and implicated a congressman identified as House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) in the scandal. Former House Postmaster Robert V. Rota admitted in federal court here that he conspired with members of Congress to provide them with thousands of dollars in cash in exchange for expense vouchers and stamps purchased with taxpayer money.
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November 25, 1992 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former administrative assistant to Rep. Joe Kolter (D-Pa.) was indicted Tuesday on charges of obstructing justice and tampering with a witness in the criminal investigation of the House post office. In a 14-count indictment, a federal grand jury also charged Gerald W. Weaver II with narcotics offenses and insurance fraud. Last July, a grand jury subpoenaed Kolter, along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) and Rep. Austin J. Murphy (D-Pa.
NEWS
July 23, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The House voted, 414 to 0, Wednesday to send evidence that it has gathered on disarray and mismanagement in its own post office to federal prosecutors and the House Ethics Committee for review and further investigation.
NEWS
September 11, 1992 | PAUL HOUSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury signaled Thursday that its investigation of the House post office has uncovered a conspiracy of postal employees who worked together to "enrich themselves and their friends" and to benefit members of Congress. The conspiracy is described in general terms in an indictment made public Thursday of the former chief of staff of the House post office, Joanna G. O'Rourke, 52, of Marshall, Va.
NEWS
October 8, 1992 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Above the portal of the now-defunct House bank, these words are etched in stone: "We Have Built No Temple But the Capitol." Originally a reminder that the aim of public service is the public good, the words seem now more like a reproachful admonition of how far Congress has strayed, at least in the public's mind, from the spirit of the inscription.
NEWS
September 18, 1992 | Associated Press
The highest-ranking official to be indicted in the House Post Office scandal pleaded guilty Thursday in an investigation that could target members of Congress. Former post office chief of staff Joanna G. O'Rourke, promising to cooperate with prosecutors, admitted two misdemeanors: embezzlement of government property and misuse of government funds by a public officer. Each carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Atty.
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