Dogged by Lobbyist Scandal, Greenberg Says It’s Close to Resolving Guam Charges
Posted Apr 8, 2008 9:42 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough
Once the employer for Jack Abramoff, Greenberg Traurig is finding it difficult to shake off ties to the disgraced lobbyist.
Even with Abramoff in federal prison, Greenberg was recently confronted with an indictment from far-off Guam. But the Daily Business Review reports that the Miami-based firm now says it is "working closely with the Guam attorney general and are near a resolution of this issue."
Guam claimed the firm billed the U.S. territory for services, including limousine services, travel for a former senator and rounds of golf, that had nothing to do with Abramoff's lobbying.
"There were a lot of things like travel with nothing related to it," Lewis W. Littlepage, the former Guam prosecutor who indicted Greenberg, is quoted saying. "It appeared to be a practice of illegal billing."
The indictment includes felony counts of unlawful influence, theft by deception and conspiracy. "It should be something every client of Greenberg Traurig should be concerned about," Littlepage says.
Greenberg's initial statement (pdf) after the indictment maintain the firm's innocence and says the firm is a victim of Abramoff's.