OIG Investigative Reports, Former Manager of Linda Schrenko Campaign Pleads Guilty to Attempted Witness Tampering Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Reports FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2004 U. S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Georgia 75 Spring Street, S.W. - Suite 600 Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Tel: 404-581-6000 Fax: 404-581-6181 Former Manager of Linda Schrenko Campaign Pleads Guilty to Attempted Witness Tampering David E. Nahmias, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; Lester Fernandez, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Education, Office of Inspector General; and Gregory Jones, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announce that RICHARD LEONARD, 43, of Augusta, Georgia, entered a plea of guilty today before United States District Judge Clarence Cooper. LEONARD pleaded guilty to a one count criminal information charging him with attempted witness tampering in an effort to dissuade an individual from providing truthful information to federal law enforcement agents regarding the source of cash contributions to the gubernatorial campaign of Linda Schrenko in 2002. According to U.S. Attorney Nahmias and the information presented during the plea hearing: LEONARD, the former manager of Linda Schrenko's 2002 gubernatorial campaign, has pleaded guilty to attempting to harass one of the individuals whom Leonard previously had recruited to cash "focus group" checks, in the amount of $590 each, and return the proceeds from those cashed checks as contributions to the Schrenko campaign. In a recorded conversation, LEONARD requested that individual not to make any mention of the Schrenko campaign during any interview with federal investigators because that would advance the investigation of sources of funds for the Schrenko campaign. LEONARD repeatedly urged that individual to falsely state to federal investigators that the individual had been paid for participating in a focus group. In fact, claiming that the $590 checks were payments for "focus group" participation was a fabrication and no focus group ever was held. The defendant is cooperating in the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Russell G. Vineyard and Daniel A. Caldwell are prosecuting the case. For further information please contact David E. Nahmias, United States Attorney, or F. Gentry Shelnutt, Chief, Criminal Division, at (404) 581-6065. The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 03/02/2005 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Manager of Linda Schrenko Campaign Pleads Guilty to Attempted Witness Tampering. Atlanta, GA, December 21, 2004
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2004-12-21.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.