Lobbyist indicted on federal fraud charges

Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Lobbyist Geoffrey Bullock, whose clients include the city of Ketchikan, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of wire fraud.

The indictments, handed up Tuesday, stem from a 1997 joint venture with two Russians interested in building a fish processing and storage plant in Ketchikan to export fish to Russia, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage.

The Russians agreed to invest $1 million, and made an initial payment of $200,000. But Bullock, who lives in Ketchikan, spent most of the money on personal expenses and to pay past debts, according to the indictment.

The indictment also says Bullock used false and misleading statements and documents to lull the victims into thinking their money was being used properly, and also tried to obtain the additional $800,000.

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