FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1995

CRM (202) 616-2008 TDD (202) 514-1888

FORMER CONGRESSMAN DONALD E. LUKENS INDICTED FOR BRIBERY WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice announced today that former Congressman Donald E. "Buz" Lukens, of Middletown, Ohio, has been indicted on five felony counts, including bribery, by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Lukens and another defendant in a related indictment, John P. Fitzpatrick, also of Middletown, were taken into custody today by Special Agents of the FBI, Lukens in Dallas, Texas, and Fitzpatrick in Kent, Ohio. Count one charges Lukens, 64, with conspiracy to solicit and receive bribes and conspiracy to deprive the United States of his honest and faithful services, in violation of 18 U.S. C. ​ 371. This count involves Lukens' acceptance of $27,500 in payments from Ohio businessman, John P. Fitzpatrick and Henry Whitesell, who is now deceased, in return for using his Congressional office to assist them in connection with a trade school they operated in Ohio, the Cambridge Technical Institute (CTI). Counts two through five of the indictment charge Lukens with soliciting and accepting four bribery payments, ranging $2,500 to $15,000 between May and September 1990, while he was a Member of Congress., in violation of 18 U.S.C. ​ 201 (b) (2). Lukens served in the U.S. House of Representatives most recently from January 1987 to October 1990. He faces a maximum penalty of 65 years in prison and a $1,250,000 fine if convicted of the offenses. A related indictment charges Ohio businessman John P. Fitzpatrick, 40, with one count of conspiracy to bribe Lukens, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ​ 371, four counts of bribery in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 201(b)(2) and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by concealing and covering up fraud by CTI in connection with Department of Education loan and grant programs for post-secondary Education student aid, in violation 18 U.S.C. ​ 371. Fitzpatrick faces a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison and a $1,500,000 fine if convicted of the offenses. The indictments stem from the Department of Justice's ongoing investigation of the House Bank. This case is being handled by attorneys assigned to the House Bank Task Force, Criminal Division, composed of an Assistant U.S. Attorney from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Senior Litigation Counsel from the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division, a Senior Counsel in the Criminal Division, and Special Agents of the FBI. The task force was formed in December 1992, continue the work of the preliminary inquiry into the House Bank that Malcolm R. Wilkey, retired Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, conducted as a Special Counsel to the Attorney General in 1992. These charges represent the eighth and ninth to be brought by the task force. Former Congressman Mary Rose Oakar, of Cleveland, indicted on February 22, 1995, on charges of conspiracy to defraud the Federal Election Commission (FEC), conversion of government funds, filing a false financial disclosure report, and making false

statements to the FBI. She is currently awaiting trial. Oakar's nephew Joseph DeMio, was also charged in the indictment with conspiracy to defraud the FEC. Another nephew Ignatius DeMio, was charged in an information with conspiracy to violate the federal election laws, and has agreed to plead guilty. Former Kentucky Congressman Carroll Hubbard, Jr. pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the FEC, theft of government property, and obstruction of justice, and is currently serving a three year term of imprisonment. Carol Brown Hubbard, wife of former Congressman Hubbard, pled guilty to taking property without right and was sentenced to five years probation. Former Sergeant At Arms of the House of Representatives, Jack Russ, pled guilty to conversion of government funds, wire fraud filing false financial reports, and is currently service a two year term of imprisonment. Former Congressman Kentucky Carl C. Perkins pled guilty to bank fraud, conspiracy to file false statements with the FEC, and filing a false financial disclosure form, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13, 1995. Martha Amburgey, Perkins's secretary, pled guilty to aiding and abetting bank fraud, and conspiracy to file false statements with the FEC, and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 14, 1995. The investigation by the House Bank Task Force is continuing. ### 95-