PoliticalGraveyard.com
The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace

Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Extortion
Blackmail, threats, intimidation

See the trouble and disgrace main page, as well as the FAQ and the Political Graveyard privacy policy, for important explanations and disclaimers.

in chronological order

  Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) — also known as "Wizard of the Saddle" — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born near Chapel Hill, Bedford County (now Marshall County), Tenn., July 13, 1821. Democrat. Cotton planter; slave trader; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; in April 1864, after the Battle of Fort Pillow, Tennessee, Confederate troops under his command massacred African-American Union soldiers, not accepting them as prisoners, since the Confederacy refused to recognize ex-slaves as legitimate combatants; this event, seen as a war crime, sparked outrage across the North, and a congressional inquiry; in 1867, he became involved in the Ku Klux Klan and was elected Grand Wizard; the organization used violent tactics to intimidate Black voters and suppress their votes; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1868; in 1869, he had a change of heart, and issued a letter ordering that the Klan be dissolved and its costumes destroyed; he went on to denounce the group and its crimes; in 1875, he gave a "friendly speech" to a meeting of an African-American organization in Memphis, calling for peace, harmony, and economic advancement of former slaves; for this speech, he was vehemently denounced in the Southern press. English ancestry. Member, Ku Klux Klan. After his death, he became a folk hero among white Southerners, particularly during the imposition of Jim Crow segregation laws in the early 20th century, and later, in reaction to the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Died, from complications of diabetes, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., October 29, 1877 (age 56 years, 108 days). Original interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.; reinterment in 1904 at Health Sciences Park, Memphis, Tenn.; memorial monument at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Ga.; memorial monument at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of William B. Forrest (1801-1837) and Miriam (Beck) Forrest (1802-1867); married 1845 to Mary Ann Montgomery (1826-1893).
  Forrest County, Miss. is named for him.
  The city of Forrest City, Arkansas, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Nathan B. Forrest (built 1943, scrapped 1973) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Almar F. Dickson (1846-1915) — of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Mass.; East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., January 20, 1846. Democrat. On August 1, 1874, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, in response to the suspected seduction of his wife and her two sisters, he and his brother-in-law Caleb Smith were among a group of five men who, at midnight during a storm, attempted to kidnap at gunpoint Samuel K. Elliot, one of the supposed perpetrators, so they could tar and feather him; Elliot successfully defended himself from the group, and during the affray, Caleb Smith was shot dead; Elliot was ruled to have acted in self-defense, and denied any improper relations with the women; the scandal was widely publicized in the press; Dickson and his wife were divorced soon after; U.S. Consul in Gaspé Basin, 1887-1908; candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives from East Haddam, 1910, 1912. Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., April 17, 1915 (age 69 years, 87 days). Interment at Moodus Cemetery, Moodus, East Haddam, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel S. Dickson (1812-1871) and Hannah 'Betsy' (Hill) Dickson (1816-1877); married, August 14, 1870, to Elizabeth Chase 'Lizzie' Smith (1852-1915); married, May 17, 1883, to Callie (Brainard) Wetherell (1863-1936); second cousin once removed of Charles Russell Kelsey; third cousin twice removed of David Kelsey and Elisha Kelsey; third cousin thrice removed of Henry Champion, Epaphroditus Champion and Joshua Coit; fourth cousin once removed of Ashbel Griswold, David Parmalee Kelsey and Samuel Townsend Douglass (1814-1898).
  Political families: Pendleton family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Porter-Kelsey family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Earl Sapp (1859-1912) — also known as Charles E. Sapp — of Crescent Hill, Jefferson County, Ky.; Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Missouri, February 15, 1859. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1896, 1900; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th Kentucky District, 1899-1901. Republican boss of Louisville, allied with William S. Taylor; indicted, with two others, in March 1902, on federal charges of extorting payments from federal employees for political contributions; pleaded guilty in March 1903, and fined $500 plus costs. Died, from double pneumonia, in St. Louis, Mo., March 10, 1912 (age 53 years, 24 days). Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Married to Nellie Williamson.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Looney (1865-1942) — also known as Patrick John Looney — of Rock Island, Rock Island County, Ill. Born in Ottawa, La Salle County, Ill., October 5, 1865. Lawyer; newspaper publisher; indicted with others in 1897 over a scheme to defraud the city of Rock Island in connection with a storm drain construction project; convicted, but the verdict was overturned on appeal; candidate for Illinois state house of representatives, 1900; created and led a crime syndicate in northwest Illinois, with interests in gambling, prostitution, extortion, and eventually bootlegging and automobile theft; indicted in 1907 on 37 counts of bribery, extortion, and libel, but acquitted; shot and wounded by hidden snipers on two occasions in 1908; on February 22, 1909, he was shot and wounded in a gunfight with business rival W. W. Wilmerton; on March 22, 1912, after publishing personal attacks on Rock Island Mayor Henry M. Schriver, he was arrested, brought to the police station, and severely beaten by the mayor himself; subsequent rioting killed two men and injured nine others; resumed control of the Rock Island rackets in 1921; in 1922, he was indicted for the murder of saloon keeper William Gabel, who had provided evidence against Looney to federal agents; arrested in Belen, N.M., in 1924, and later convicted of conspiracy and murder; sentenced to 5 years in prison for conspiracy and 14 years for murder; served 8 1/2 years. Irish ancestry. Died, of tuberculosis, in a sanitarium at El Paso, El Paso County, Tex., 1942 (age about 76 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Patrick Looney and Margaret Looney; married 1892 to Nora O'Connor (died 1903); nephew of Maurice T. Maloney (1853?-?).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Stephen J. Stilwell (1866-1942) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y.; Mamaroneck, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in New York, May 10, 1866. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state senate 21st District, 1909-13; removed 1913; charged in 1913 with extorting a bribe of $3,500 from George H. Kendall, president of the New York Bank Note company, over a bill that Kendall supported; tried in the State Senate and found not guilty on April 15 by a vote of 28 to 21; indicted on May 12 by a grand jury for soliciting a bribe; tried soon after, and convicted on May 24; this removed him from office; sentenced to four to eight years in prison; after his release, he moved to Mamaroneck and entered the real estate business; indicted in 1934 on charges that he defrauded his former stenographer of $9,000 when she came to him seeking a Naval Academy appointment for her son, but the case did not go to trial; arrested in March 1941 and indicted in April on charges that he attempted to bribe a Mamaroneck village trustee $1,000 to obtain a police job for an associate; pleaded guilty, but never sentenced; while incarcerated, his legs were amputated. Died, while a prisoner awaiting sentence, in Grasslands Hospital, Valhalla, Westchester County, N.Y., April 20, 1942 (age 75 years, 345 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Delia (Archer) Stilwell (1833-1925) and William Jewitt Stilwell; married, February 14, 1887, to Celia A. Blanck.
  John L. Lotsch (1881-1967) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pa. Born February 15, 1881. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1928. Arrested and indicted in 1935 on federal charges of taking bribes while serving as a special master overseeing a patent case; the case was dismissed in 1936, but he was immediately reindicted on an extortion charge; that indictment was thrown out by the Court of Appeals. Charged in 1938, with other officials of a defunct Brooklyn bank, with conspiracy to violate federal banking laws by accepting fees for granting loans; tried and convicted on three counts; sentenced to serve one year in jail; also disbarred. Pleaded guilty in 1939 to charges that he bribed federal judge Martin T. Manton, and testified at the judge's bribery trial. Died in 1967 (age about 86 years). Burial location unknown.
  Sol Ullman (c.1893-1941) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., about 1893. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 6th District, 1919-23; defeated, 1923; indicted by a Federal grand jury in 1921 on charges of conspiring to create a falsified income tax return for a manufacturing company; a trial resulted in a directed verdict of acquittal due to insufficient evidence; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1928. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons. Arrested and indicted in 1939 on charges of protecting a physician who performed illegal abortions; in 1941, a dentist was convicted as Ullman's agent in soliciting protection money from physicians, and during the pendency of the criminal charges, disbarment proceedings were brought against him. However, he was never tried, and his obituary states that he was "exonerated". Died, in Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., July 6, 1941 (age about 48 years). Entombed at Union Field Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Ullman and Kate Ullman; married to Esther or Estelle Blau.
Frank D. McKay Frank D. McKay (1883-1965) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 4, 1883. Republican. Financier; political boss who dominated Republican politics in Michigan for years; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1920, 1928, 1932 (alternate), 1936, 1940, 1944; Michigan state treasurer, 1925-30; investigated by a grand jury in 1931 over his handling of state funds while Treasurer; member of Republican National Committee from Michigan, 1940-44; subject of three federal grand jury investigations in 1940 over alleged fraud, extortion and kickbacks; indicted in 1944 for bribery of state legislators; hired a Purple Gang figure to murder the star witness, State Sen. Warren G. Hooper, and the case collapsed; charged in 1945, along with William McKeighan, with conspiracy to violate state liquor laws; tried in 1946; the judge directed a verdict of not guilty. Died in Miami Beach, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla., January 12, 1965 (age 81 years, 69 days). Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: Edward N. Barnard — William Green
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1927
  Hugh Joseph Addonizio (1914-1981) — also known as Hugh J. Addonizio — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., January 31, 1914. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; vice-president, A & C Tailoring Co.; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 11th District, 1949-62; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1962-70; defeated, 1970; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Member, Holy Name Society; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Urban League; NAACP; Elks; Lions; Kiwanis; Rotary. Indicted in federal court, December, 1969, along with Municipal Judge Anthony Giuliano, other city officials, and reputed organized crime leader, Anthony 'Tony Boy' Boiardo, on extortion and income tax evasion charges over a scheme to share kickbacks from a sewer contracting company; pleaded not guilty; tried; during the trial a witness identified him as recipient of thousands of dollars in bribes; convicted in July, 1970; sentenced to ten years in prison and fined $25,000; released in 1979. Died in Red Bank, Monmouth County, N.J., February 2, 1981 (age 67 years, 2 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Addonizio and Livia (Barasso) Addonizio; brother of Victor F. Addonizio (1914?-?); married, July 6, 1942, to Doris Goodheart.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Anthony Giuliano (c.1897-1970) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., about 1897. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1927; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey, 1948; Essex County Clerk, 1955; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1956; municipal judge in New Jersey, 1968-69. Indicted in federal court, December, 1969, along with Newark Mayor Hugh J. Addonizio, other city officials, and reputed organized crime leader Anthony 'Tony Boy' Boiardo, on extortion and income tax evasion charges over a scheme to share kickbacks from a sewer contracting company; became ill and died before he could be arraigned. Died, from a heart attack, in Newark, Essex County, N.J., February 4, 1970 (age about 73 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Freda.
  Thomas J. Whelan (1922-2002) — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born January 28, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1963-71; removed 1971; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964. Catholic. Tried on federal charges of extortion and conspiracy; convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Died following a heart attack, in a nursing home in Naples, Collier County, Fla., July 31, 2002 (age 80 years, 184 days). Burial location unknown.
  David Hall (b. 1930) — of Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., October 20, 1930. Democrat. Lawyer; Tulsa County District Attorney, 1962-66; law professor; Governor of Oklahoma, 1971-75; defeated in primary, 1966, 1974. Presbyterian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Freemasons; Shriners. Indicted in 1975 on extortion and conspiracy charges; later convicted, sentenced to three years in prison, and served 19 months; disbarred in 1978. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of William A. Hall; married to Jo Evans.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  John T. Gregorio (1928-2013) — also known as "The Lion of Linden" — of Linden, Union County, N.J. Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., February 6, 1928. Democrat. Florist; mayor of Linden, N.J., 1968-83, 1991-2006; defeated, 2006; shot at in his car, in March 1968; two days later, his house was firebombed; member of New Jersey state house of assembly 21st District, 1974-77; indicted in April 1975 on perjury and fraud charges, over his purchase of a vacant lot from Elizabethtown Gas Company, while conspiring to falsify documents to conceal his involvement as buyer; later charged with extorting a $25,000 kickback from a building contractor on a high school project; following jury selection, the charges were dismissed in February 1976; member of New Jersey state senate, 1978-83 (21st District 1978-81, 20th District 1982-83); indicted in September 1981 on charges of income tax evasion, concealing his interest in two "go-go bars", and for failing to enforce state alcohol laws; convicted in December 1982 of conspiracy to commit official misconduct, but found not guilty on other charges. Died, from leukemia, in Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., October 23, 2013 (age 85 years, 259 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  William Brown Stansbury (1923-1985) — also known as William B. Stansbury — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Corydon, Harrison County, Ind., March 18, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; chair of Jefferson County Democratic Party, 1968-76; mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1977-81; in 1978, during a firemen's strike, he left the city, saying that he was going to a conference in Atlanta; instead, he went to New Orleans for a tryst with his administrative assistant; the scandal led to an effort to impeach him; soon after, a city official pleaded guilty to extorting $16,000 from local businessmen; when questioned by a federal grand jury as to whether this money came to his campaign or to him personally, Stansbury refused to answer, claiming the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Member, Delta Upsilon; American Bar Association. While crossing Bardstown Road to enter St. Francis of Assisi Church, he was hit by a car, and died soon after, in Humana Hospital-University, Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., April 4, 1985 (age 62 years, 17 days); His mother was killed in the same accident, and his wife was injured. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of James Bernard Stansbury and Alliene (Brown) Stansbury; married 1983 to Mary Ellen Farmer.
  William B. Stansbury Park (established 1900, received current name 1985), in Louisville, Kentucky, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Michael J. Matthews (b. 1934) — of Linwood, Atlantic County, N.J.; Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Upland, Delaware County, Pa., January 7, 1934. Democrat. Candidate in primary for New Jersey state senate 2nd District, 1973; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 2nd District, 1974; member of New Jersey state house of assembly 2nd District, 1978-83; mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., 1982-84; recalled 1984; defeated, 1984. Indicted on March 27, 1984, on federal bribery and extortion charges, over his dealings with organized crime figures; a trial was started, but then he pleaded guilty to one count of extortion, and the other charges were dropped; sentenced to fifteen years in federal prison; released in 1990. Still living as of 1990.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  William C. Brennan, Jr. (1918-2000) — of Far Rockaway, Queens, Queens County, N.Y.; Elmhurst, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., October 11, 1918. Democrat. Police officer; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Queens County 2nd District, 1955-64; member of New York state senate 12th District, 1967-68; Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1970-85; resigned 1985. Member, American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Elks. In July 1985, he was indicted in Federal court for accepting bribes in return for reducing or dismissing charges in criminal cases involving organized crime figures; also charged with extortion; pleaded not guilty and tried; did not testify in his own defense; convicted in December 1985, sentenced to five years in prison, and fined $209,000. He was released from prison in May 1988. Died May 8, 2000 (age 81 years, 210 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1941 to Gloria M. Lauer.
  Stanley Simon (born c.1930) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born about 1930. Borough president of Bronx, New York, 1979-87; resigned 1987. In 1987, he was charged by a federal grand jury with extorting cash and benefits from Wedtech, a military contractor; tried in 1988 and convicted; sentenced to five years in prison and fined $50,000. Still living as of 1987.
  Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. (b. 1940) — also known as Glenn Miller; "Frazier Glenn Cross"; "Rounder" — of North Carolina; Aurora, Lawrence County, Mo. Born in Springfield, Greene County, Mo., 1940. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; candidate in Democratic primary for Governor of North Carolina, 1984; candidate in Republican primary for North Carolina state senate, 1986; convicted on federal contempt of court charges in 1986; sentenced to one year in prison, but disappeared while out on bond; later captured in Missouri, along with four other Klansmen and a cache of weapons; indicted in 1987 for plotting robberies and an assassination; in a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and to making threats through the mail; served three years in prison; candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 2006; candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 2010; on April 13, 2014, in an apparent hate crime he shot and killed three people at a Jewish community center and retirement complex in Overland Park, Kansas. Member, Ku Klux Klan. Still living as of 2014.
  Robert Garcia (1933-2017) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y.; Washington, D.C. Born in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., January 9, 1933. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; computer engineer; member of New York state assembly, 1966-67 (83rd District 1966, 77th District 1967); resigned 1967; member of New York state senate 30th District, 1967-78; U.S. Representative from New York, 1978-90 (21st District 1978-83, 18th District 1983-90); resigned 1990; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1984, 1988; indicted in 1988, along with his wife, on federal bribery and extortion charges; convicted in October 1989 and sentenced to three years in prison (served 104 days); the conviction was reversed on appeal; retried and again convicted in 1991; the second conviction was also overturned, and prosecutors dropped the case. Puerto Rican ancestry. Died in San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, January 25, 2017 (age 84 years, 16 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arch Alfred Moore, Jr. (1923-2015) — also known as Arch A. Moore, Jr. — of Moundsville, Marshall County, W.Va.; Glen Dale, Marshall County, W.Va. Born in Moundsville, Marshall County, W.Va., April 16, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Marshall County, 1953-54; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 1st District, 1957-69; defeated, 1954; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960, 1972; member of Republican National Committee from West Virginia, 1963-73; Governor of West Virginia, 1969-77, 1985-89; defeated, 1980, 1988; candidate for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1978. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Moose; Eagles; Elks; Rotary; Phi Delta Phi; Beta Theta Pi. Pleaded guilty in 1990 to five felonies, over findings that he had accepted illegal contributions to his 1984 and 1988 election campaigns, had extorted over $500,000 from a coal company, and obstructed the investigation; served two years and eight months in prison. Died in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., January 7, 2015 (age 91 years, 266 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Arch A. Moore and Genevieve (Jones) Moore; married, August 11, 1949, to Shelley S. Riley; father of Shelley Moore Capito (1953-).
  Cross-reference: Wade H. Ballard III
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Sol Wachtler — of Manhasset, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1972; chief judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1985-93. In 1993, he was sentenced to 15 months in prison for extortion in connection with his harassment of an ex-lover. Still living as of 1993.
  Books about Sol Wachtler: John M. Caher, King of the Mountain : The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Chief Judge Sol Wachtler
  Fred B. Roti (1920-1999) — of Illinois. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 18, 1920. Member of Illinois state senate, 1951-56. Convicted of extortion and racketeering, 1993; served four years in federal prison. Died, of cancer, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 20, 1999 (age 78 years, 276 days). Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Ill.
  Walter Rayford Tucker III (b. 1957) — also known as Walter R. Tucker III — of Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 28, 1957. Democrat. Lawyer; ordained minister; mayor of Compton, Calif., 1991-92; U.S. Representative from California 37th District, 1993-95; resigned 1995. Baptist. African ancestry. Sentenced in 1996 to 27 months in prison for extortion and tax evasion. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Walter R. Tucker, Jr. (1924-1990).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Percy Z. Giles (born c.1952) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born about 1952. Democrat. Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 7th District, 1996. African ancestry. Convicted in 1999 on federal bribery and extortion charges. Still living as of 1999.
Edwin Edwards Edwin Washington Edwards (b. 1927) — also known as Edwin Edwards; "Fast Eddie" — of Crowley, Acadia Parish, La. Born in Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, La., August 7, 1927. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Louisiana state senate 35th District, 1964-65; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 7th District, 1965-72; Governor of Louisiana, 1972-80, 1984-88, 1992-96; justice of Louisiana state supreme court, 1980. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Lions. Charged in federal court in 1985 with racketeering involving hospital licenses; his first trial ended in hung jury; acquitted in second trial. Convicted in federal court in 2000 on seventeen counts of fraud and racketeering over a scheme to extort money from applicants for casino licenses; sentenced in 2001 to ten years in federal prison and fined $250,000. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Clarence W. Edwards and Agnes (Brouillette) Edwards; married, April 5, 1949, to Elaine Lucille Schwartzenburg (1929-2018).
  Cross-reference: Jack P. F. Gremillion — Camille F. Gravel, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Edwin Edwards: Tyler Bridges, Bad Bet on the Bayou : The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards — John Maginnis, The Last Hayride — John Maginnis, Cross to Bear
  Image source: KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana
  Bobby E. Crittendon — of Dayton, Campbell County, Ky. Mayor of Dayton, Ky., 1991-2000; appointed 1991; removed 2000; Impeached and removed from office, by unanimous vote of the city council, over misconduct including his attempts to intimidate the police chief on behalf of his son-in-law. Still living as of 2000.
  Anthony Russo — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J. Democrat. Mayor of Hoboken, N.J., 1993-2001; defeated, 2001. Pleaded guilty in 2004 to extorting kickbacks from an accounting firm; sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Still living as of 2004.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Arthur E. Teele (1946-2005) — also known as Art Teele — of Florida. Born in Prince George's County, Md., May 14, 1946. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; lawyer; director, U.S. Urban Mass Transportation Administration, 1981-83; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1992; as Miami city commissioner in 1997-2004, he chaired the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA); an investigation of corruption in the agency, started in 2003, led to charges that he had accepted $135,000 in kickbacks from two construction companies; as a result, he was removed from office in 2004 by Gov. Jeb Bush; in August, 2004, when he and his wife were under surveillance, he drove his car at a police detective in an attempt to run him over, and also threatened to kill police officers who had been following his wife during the investigation; convicted in March 2005 on charges related to this incident; indicted on July 14, 2005, on federal conspiracy and money laundering charges, over a scheme to fraudulently obtain contracts for electrical work at the Miami International Airport through a "minority-owned" shell company; published police reports revealed that he had put his mistress on the CRA payroll, that he regularly bought and used cocaine, and that he frequently made use of a male prostitute. Church of God in Christ. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; NAACP; Freemasons. Came to the offices of the Miami Herald newspaper, and shot himself in the head with a semiautomatic pistol; he died two hours later in the trauma unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla., July 27, 2005 (age 59 years, 74 days). Interment at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park, Tallahassee, Fla.
  Relatives: Married to Stephanie Kerr.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Michael J. Zucchet (b. 1969) — of San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. Born in San Diego, San Diego County, Calif., December 24, 1969. Economist; mayor of San Diego, Calif., 2005; convicted in federal court on conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion charges, 2005; the convictions were later overturned. Still living as of 2005.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Peter Kott (b. 1949) — also known as Pete Kott — of Eagle River, Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Flint, Genesee County, Mich., August 29, 1949. Republican. Part-owner and operator of Kott's Hardwood Flooring; member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1993-2007 (24th District 1993-2003, 17th District 2003-07); Speaker of the Alaska State House of Representatives, 2003-04; arrested in May 2007, along with Bruce Weyhrauch and Vic Kohring, and charged with bribery and extortion over soliciting and receiving money and favors from VECO Corporation (including the promise of a job as a lobbyist), in return for votes on an oil tax; tried and convicted in September 2007; sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000. Still living as of 2009.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Bruce Weyhrauch — of Juneau, Alaska. Republican. Lawyer; member of Alaska state house of representatives 4th District, 2003-07; arrested in May 2007, along with Pete Kott and Vic Kohring, and charged with bribery and extortion over soliciting and receiving money and favors from VECO Corporation in return for votes on an oil tax; trial pending. Still living as of 2009.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Vic Kohring (b. 1958) — of Wasilla, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska. Born in Waukegan, Lake County, Ill., August 2, 1958. Republican. Member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1995-2007 (26th District 1995-2003, 14th District 2003-07); resigned 2007; arrested in May 2007, along with Bruce Weyhrauch and Pete Kott, and charged with bribery and extortion over soliciting and receiving money and favors from VECO Corporation in return for votes on an oil tax; tried and convicted in November 2007; sentenced to three and a half years in prison; released in 2009. Still living as of 2009.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Thomas T. Anderson (b. 1957) — also known as Tom Anderson — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, August 4, 1957. Republican. Lawyer; member of Alaska state house of representatives 19th District, 2003-07; arrested and indicted in December 2006 on federal federal bribery, extortion, and money laundering charges; tried and convicted in July 2007; sentenced to 60 months in prison. Lutheran. Still living as of 2009.
  Relatives: Son of Tom R. Anderson and Christiane Anderson; married 2005 to Lesil McGuire (1971-).
  See also Wikipedia article
Paul J. Morrison Paul J. Morrison (b. 1954) — of Lenexa, Johnson County, Kan. Born in Dodge City, Ford County, Kan., June 1, 1954. Democrat. Lawyer; Johnson County District Attorney, 1990-2006; Kansas state attorney general, 2007-08; resigned 2008. Catholic. Member, Phi Delta Theta. Resigned as Attorney General following disclosure of an extramarital affair with a subordinate, who filed a sexual harrassment claim with the federal EEOC. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: Paul Morrison Law
  Rod R. Blagojevich (b. 1956) — also known as Rod Blagojevich; "Blago" — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 10, 1956. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1993-96; U.S. Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1997-2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000, 2004, 2008; Governor of Illinois, 2003-09; solicited bribes from potential candidates for appointment to Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat; arrested by federal agents in December 2008, and set for trial on federal corruption charges; in January 2009, based on charges that he abused his authority and attempted to sell authorizations, vetoes, and appointments, he was impeached by the Illinois House, convicted by a unanimous vote of the Illinois Senate, and prohibited from holding public office in the state; tried in federal court in 2010-11, and after a mistrial, was ultimately found guilty on eighteen counts, including bribery and extortion; sentenced to 14 years in federal prison; an appeal later overturned five of the eighteen convictions, but did not change his prison sentence. Serbian ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Married to Patricia 'Patti' Mell (daughter of Richard F. Mell; sister of Deborah Mell (1968-)).
  Political family: Mell-Blagojevich family of Chicago, Illinois.
  Cross-reference: Daniel Lipinski
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Rod Blagojevich: The Governor (2009)
  Books about Rod Blagojevich: Elizabeth Brackett, Pay to Play: How Rod Blagojevich Turned Political Corruption Into a National Sideshow — Jeff Coen & John Chase, Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison
  Harold Charles Turner (b. 1962) — also known as Hal Turner — of North Bergen, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., March 15, 1962. Republican. Radio talk show host; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 13th District, 2000; in June 2009, he posted threats against three U.S. Court of Appeals judges, calling for them to be murdered over a ruling in a gun rights case; pleaded not guilty; tried in 2009-10; the first two ended in mistrials; convicted at the third trial and sentenced to 33 months in prison; released in 2012. Still living as of 2015.
  See also Wikipedia article — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Tony F. Mack (b. 1966) — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ga., January 8, 1966. Democrat. Mercer County Freeholder, 1997-2008; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000; mayor of Trenton, N.J., 2010-14; removed 2014; arrested in September 2012, and charged with accepting a bribe, fraud, and extortion; tried and convicted in 2014, and sentenced to five years in prison. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article
"Enjoy the hospitable entertainment of a political graveyard."
Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
The Political Graveyard

The Political Graveyard is a web site about U.S. political history and cemeteries. Founded in 1996, it is the Internet's most comprehensive free source for American political biography, listing 312,576 politicians, living and dead.
  The listings are incomplete; development of the database is a continually ongoing project.  
  Information on this page — and on all other pages of this site — is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. Users are advised to check with other sources before relying on any information here.  
  The official URL for this page is: https://politicalgraveyard.com/trouble/extortion.html.  
  Links to this or any other Political Graveyard page are welcome, but specific page addresses may sometimes change as the site develops.  
  If you are searching for a specific named individual, try the alphabetical index of politicians.  
  More information: FAQ; privacy policy; cemetery links.  
  If you find any error or omission in The Political Graveyard, or if you have information to share, please see the biographical checklist and submission guidelines.  
Copyright notices: (1) Facts are not subject to copyright; see Feist v. Rural Telephone. (2) Politician portraits displayed on this site are 70-pixel-wide monochrome thumbnail images, which I believe to constitute fair use under applicable copyright law. Where possible, each image is linked to its online source. However, requests from owners of copyrighted images to delete them from this site are honored. (3) Original material, programming, selection and arrangement are © 1996-2019 Lawrence Kestenbaum. (4) This work is also licensed for free non-commercial re-use, with attribution, under a Creative Commons License.
Site information: The Political Graveyard is created and maintained by Lawrence Kestenbaum, who is solely responsible for its structure and content. — The mailing address is The Political Graveyard, P.O. Box 2563, Ann Arbor MI 48106. — This site is hosted by HDL. — The Political Graveyard opened on July 1, 1996; the last full revision was done on March 10, 2021.

Creative 
Commons License Follow polgraveyard on Twitter [Amazon.com]