Lawyers for Kidan and prosecutors are finalizing the deal in which Kidan would plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy and wire fraud, sources said. A "change of plea" hearing has been set for Dec. 15 in Miami before U.S. District Court Judge Paul Huck, according to the judge's clerk.
This past August, Abramoff was indicted along with Kidan on six charges including conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud. After agreeing to buy SunCruz from Boulis in September of 2000, Kidan and Abramoff faked a wire transfer of $23 million to Boulis as a first payment. This enabled them to receive a $60 million loan from Foothill & Citadel to pay Boulis. No funds were known to have to been given to Boulis at any point. Boulis and Kidan grew increasingly adversarial. Months later, Boulis was killed 'gangland style' while in his BMW.
The Abramoff/Kidan SunCruz trial is set to begin on January 9th. With Abramoff reportedly running out of money and two key witnesses prepared to testify against him in federal cases, his chances of attempting a deal with prosecutors have skyrocketed.
Two recent articles, citing testimony from one of the accused murderers and a witness, suggest that Kidan ordered Boulis' murder.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
Ferrari asked Nicholson if he would do it, and Nicholson said he declined. A few days later, Nicholson and Ferrari picked up Moscatiello, who then talked about the need to kill Boulis, Nicholson told police. The ride in the Mercedes ended, he said, with Ferrari promising: "This is my turf. I'll take care of it."
Such allegations could backfire on Kidan's plea agreement, if true. Thus far, Kidan and Abramoff have skirted charges for any involvement in Boulis' murder.
Update [2005-12-8 6:16:21 by jorndorff]: TPM has more on Kidan's deal and why he's yet to be charged for his involvement in Boulis' murder. Josh also has more on the CNMI side of Abramoff's lobbying history. DKos Abramoff guru dengre has a diary on CNMI Governor-Elect Ben Fitial's cooperation with federal investigators as well.