September Trial Set for Deborah Gore Dean in HUD Scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Deborah Gore Dean, central figure in the $2 billion HUD influence-peddling scandal during the Reagan administration, will go on trial in September on charges of conspiracy, perjury and fraud.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan on Tuesday rescheduled the beginning of the six-week trial for Sept. 7 to give Dean and her attorneys more time to examine some 500,000 pages of government documents in the case.
The trial had been set for June 28, just two weeks after Dean’s scheduled wedding this weekend. But she told Hogan she plans spending much of her honeymoon reviewing the government documents.
″It just gives us more time,″ she told reporters after a hearing Tuesday on her motion to postpone the trial. ″The more time we have with their documents, the better off we are.″
Dean, 38, a one-time executive assistant to former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce, was indicted last July on 13 felony counts.
Prosecutors allege that she functioned as the gatekeeper for awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in low-income housing subsidies to developers with close political ties to the Reagan administration.
In addition to perjury, fraud and conspiracy charges, she is accused of accepting an illegal $4,000 gratuity. If convicted on all of the charges, she could be sentenced to up to 62 years in prison.
Dean has pleaded innocent to all of the counts, saying other officials at HUD made the key decisions on which projects and developers received grants and loan guarantees.