Friday, March 10, 2006

Own a piece of history

How fortunate we are in Southern California! In case you missed this press release from last week:
Cunningham’s Cache: Federal Government Announces Auction Date for Former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s Antiques and Home Furnishings.

March 2, 2006

Los Angeles, CA
-- The IRS-Criminal Investigation today announces the public auction of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s forfeited antiques and home furnishings. The auction will take place on March 23, 2006, at a Treasury Department seized property auction in Rancho Dominguez, CA.

The auction is free and open to the public. Public previews for the auction will take place Tuesday, March 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the EG&G Technical Services warehouse, located at 2332 E. Pacifica Place, Rancho Dominguez, CA. More information about Cunningham’s Antiques can be found online at under the “Antiques” section, or by calling the Public Auction Line at 703.273.7373.

The valuable antiques and home furnishings were purchased for Cunningham by defense contractors who took part in a bribery scandal that ultimately lead to Cunningham’s guilty plea on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to accept $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for coveted Defense dollars. Cunningham ultimately resigned from the House, and forfeited these assets as part of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Cunningham is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, March 3, 2006.

This case was investigated by the IRS-Criminal Investigation, the FBI, DCIS, and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. Proceeds from the auction of Cunningham’s assets will be deposited into the Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund, where they will be split among the investigative agencies to help support continued law enforcement efforts.

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