Defense Lobbyist to Change Plea on Funneling Cash

Paul Magliocchetti, the lobbyist charged last month with using intermediaries to skirt U.S. campaign-contribution limits, will change his not guilty plea at a hearing set for Sept. 24, according to the court docket.

The docket entry today in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, didn’t provide further details. Magliocchetti, who was president of the now-defunct lobbying firm PMA Group Inc. in Arlington, pleaded not guilty before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis on Aug. 20.

Magliocchetti’s lawyer, William Lawler of the Washington office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, declined to comment on the change of plea. Peter Carr, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride, also declined to comment.

A grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, on Aug. 4 returned an 11-count indictment charging the lobbyist with making illegal payments and making false statements to a federal agency.

PMA and Magliocchetti, a former Democratic aide on the U.S. House of Representatives defense appropriations subcommittee, primarily represented clients in that industry who sought government funding, according to the indictment.

Magliocchetti faces as long as five years in prison if convicted on any of the most serious counts against him.

The case is U.S. v. Magliocchetti, 10-cr-00286, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria).

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