Associate of Ex-Rep. Weldon Pleads Guilty

Posted July 25, 2008 at 2:52pm

A lobbyist close to former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) pleaded guilty Friday to destroying evidence that the FBI was seeking in its investigation of the lawmaker.

Cecilia Grimes admitted that after meeting with FBI agents, she threw away several documents related to the investigation, and tossed her BlackBerry in the Dumpster at a nearby fast-food restaurant.

The Justice Department said Friday that it is investigating Weldon, including whether he pursued earmarks for Grimes’ clients in exchange for those clients making payments to her lobbying firm. Grimes has owned several firms, including Grimes and Young, a partnership with Cynthia Young, the daughter-in-law of Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Young told Roll Call that she has not been contacted by the FBI, and she does not believe the investigation involves her.