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JULY 2006


E-waste political corruption found

A two-year FBI investigation known as Tennessee Waltz made use of an electronic recycling operation named E-Cycle Management, Inc. to investigate corruption.

This investigation culminated in the indictment of 10 people, including 5 present and former state lawmakers. Included is former state senator Roscoe Dixon, who was found guilty of accepting bribes in order to help change state law.

Witnesses testified that Dixon took $9,500 in bribes from FBI cover E-Cycle Management, Inc. In return, Dixon was supposed to help change state law to favor the FBI’s fabricated electronics recycling business.

The defense argued that E-Cycle was set up to entrap Dixon and others, and that the FBI informants were a bunch of con men. Prosecutors, however, say that video tapes of the dialogue and monetary exchanges between Dixon and E-Cycle management prove that Dixon was predisposed to criminal conduct before meeting with E-Cycle employees.

Dixon’s sentencing is scheduled for September 8, 2006. He could be facing up to 90 years in prison, but most estimate that he’ll be in jail for fewer than 5 years.

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