Bloch (Lightly) Sentenced

The travails of Scott Bloch are coming to a rather unsatisfying end. Scott J. Bloch pleaded guilty in April to criminal contempt of Congress. He faces sentencing Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in Washington after admitting to withholding information from House investigators about having private technicians "scrub" computer files at the Office of Special Counsel in December 2006. The files had been used by Bloch and other political appointees.

While the charge carries a sentence of up to six months in prison, prosecutors agreed to probation for Bloch because he has no criminal history and faces a likely sanction on his ability to practice law. Bloch works at the Tarone & McLaughlin law firm in Washington.

A slap on the wrist for what was a lengthy trail of shenanigans in the Office of Special Counsel: Separately, the FBI launched an investigation into whether Bloch was trying to obstruct a Hatch Act inquiry into whether he mixed political and official activities. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform also interviewed him in March 2008.

Bloch eventually admitted that he did not truthfully answer questions about his orders to a firm called Geeks On Call to delete the files at the special counsel’s office, an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency



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