Politics & Government

Ex aide to Alaska's Young indicted in Abramoff scandal

A second former high-level committee aide to Rep. Don Young was accused Friday of violating federal anti-corruption laws in the long-running Abramoff lobbying scandal.

A three-count indictment charged Fraser Verrusio, policy director for the House Transportation Committee when Young was chairman of the panel, with conspiracy, accepting an illegal gratuity in the form of an all-expense paid World Series weekend in New York, and failing to report the gift.

In return for the October 2003 trip to see the Yankees host the Florida Marlins in the Bronx, the Washington grand jury charged that Verrusio conspired with lobbyists, a Senate aide and an equipment rental company to change national policy in the committee's federal highway bill.

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