gifts bring federal complaint
A London businessman cites U.S. bans on bribes in his protest of
hospitality given a British official.
By The Associated Press
Friday, October 20, 2006
London - A
businessman has complained to the U.S. Department of Justice
about gifts a Colorado billionaire gave to British Deputy Prime
Minister John Prescott, a news report said Thursday.
A parliamentary ethics panel gave Prescott a mild rebuke in
July, saying he should have immediately disclosed his stay at
the ranch of Philip Anschutz, the American tycoon who is bidding
to open a casino at London's Millennium Dome site.
But it said Prescott had "acted correctly" in belatedly
declaring the visit, and recommended no further action.
The Times newspaper said George Bathurst, a businessman based in
Windsor, outside London, had reported the hospitality and gifts
Anschutz gave Prescott to the Justice Department under laws
banning U.S. businesses from attempting to bribe foreign
A call by The Associated Press to a number listed as Bathurst's
went unanswered Thursday.
Prescott was widely criticized for initially failing to declare
his stay with Anschutz, who also gave him a cowboy outfit.
He says he has met twice a year with the oil, media and
transport billionaire who has taken over the vast Millennium
Dome, an enormous exhibition space built for the 2000 New Year's
celebrations. Anschutz is seeking a license to operate a casino
there, but Prescott says the two never discussed that issue in