Former Young Aide Found Guilty of Conspiracy, Accepting Illegal Gratuity

Associated Press

A jury says a former aide for Congressman Don Young broke the law by taking a trip to the World Series with a corporate official and lobbyist who picked up the tab.

The federal court jury in Washington today found Fraser Verrusio guilty of conspiracy and accepting an illegal gratuity for the trip to the first game of the 2003 World Series in New York. He also was found guilty of making a false statement for failing to report the trip on his House financial disclosure form.

Verrusio was policy director for the Transportation Committee under Young, who was Chairman of the committee then. The trip was paid by United Rentals, a construction equipment rental company that wanted Verrusio’s help getting an amendment in a highway money bill.

The World Series trip came to the attention of federal authorities investigating influence-peddling related to Jack Abramoff.

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