On 60 Minutes, and linking to NJ
In case any visitors to this blog catch the upcoming 60 Minutes interview with Ben Barnes, who claims that he helped get George W. Bush a coveted spot in the Texas Air National Guard some 35 years ago or so, there’s some information on who is Ben Barnes that’s not likely to appear in 60 Minutes. In the past, Mr. Barnes’s lawyer had stated “Barnes has no knowledge that Governor Bush or President Bush knew of Barnes’ recommendation”.
New Jersey viewers will be noticing that the above links show that In January , Barnes was accused in a federal prosecutors’ report in New Jersey of engaging in a kickback scheme similar to one that led to the conviction of a lottery company official in New Jersey.
In its pre-sentencing report, the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey asked that federal Judge Nicholas Politan consider Smith’s Texas dealings with Barnes and other GTECH consultants.
In Texas, prosecutors alleged, more than $500,000 was paid to Smith through a Barnes bank account
Stories that mention convicted NJ officials turn up in the most unlikely places.