Former girlfriend of Griles a target of investigation
Italia Federici, a former girlfriend of J. Steven Griles, is a target of the Jack Abramoff investigation, Legal Times reports.

The investigation focuses on the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, a group that Federici co-founded with former Interior secretary Gale Norton. Norton is no longer associated with the group.

Federici was dating Griles when she introduced him to Abramoff. Griles, the former deputy secretary at the Interior Department, pleaded guilty to lying about his relationship with the convicted lobbyist.

Federici testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in November 2005 and denied using CREA to advance Abramoff's tribal clients in exchange for their donations. Tribes gave at least $500,000 to the group.

Get the Story:
Ex-Interior Secretary's Former Girlfriend Is Latest Target in Abramoff Probe (The Legal Times 4/3)

Relevant Documents:
DOJ Press Release | Charge of Information | Plea Agreement | Statement of Facts | Earl Devaney Statement

November 2, 2005, Hearing:
Transcript | Webcast | Testimony

Cobell Declarations:
November 15, 2001 | June 4, 2002

Inspector General Report:
J. Steven Griles Investigation (March 2004)

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