Charged with obtaining a $20,000 foreign contribution to Democratic Senate candidates in 1993, Miami businessman Howard Glicken has agreed to plead guilty, his lawyer says.
The Justice Department's campaign finance task force filed a two-count criminal information Thursday in U.S. District Court charging violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act.Glicken, the fifth person the task force has charged, did not return calls. But his Miami attorney, Ed Shohat, said that under an agreement with prosecutors, Glicken will plead to misdemeanor charges.
"He has cooperated with the investigation from the inception and will continue to fully cooperate. Howard is happy to put the matter behind him." Sho-hat said Glicken would pay a fine under the agreement but that the amount was not yet clear.
A criminal information is used to file charges when a defendant waives the right to have a grand jury evaluate evidence against him. As a result, it almost invariably signals that prosecutors have reached an agreement for the defendant to plead guilty. Two officials, requesting anonymity, said Glicken agreed to such a plea.
Glicken's court appearance to enter the plea was expected next week, officials said. He faces a top penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each count.
The charges said only that Glicken solicited a $20,000 contribution on April 28, 1993, from someone he knew was a foreign national who was not a legal permanent resident of the United States and thus was barred from contributing to U.S. election campaigns. The second count said Glicken knew the contribution would be made in the name of a straw donor.