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Frederick William Richmond (born November 15, 1923) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.


Richmond was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 until 1945. He graduated from Boston University in 1945. He served as deputy finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1958 until 1960. He was a delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. He was a member of the New York City Council from 1973 until 1974. He was elected to Congress in 1974 and represented New York's 14th congressional district from January 3, 1975, until August 25, 1982.

During the 1950s through 1980s he built a conglomerate incorporated in 1960 as Walco National buying up and usually improving the operations of a diverse group of smaller operating companies. Richmond was also accused of involvement in greenmail the purchase of strategic blocks of shares for resale back to a target for a profit.

In 1978, he was charged with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. The misdemeanor charges were dropped after Richmond agreed to undergo professional counseling.[1]

In his fourth term in Congress, Richmond was charged with tax evasion and possession of marijuana.[2] There had been an eight-month Justice Department investigation, and Richmond pleaded guilty to deliberately under-reporting his federal income by $50,000, possessing marijuana cigarettes obtained from his Congressional staff, and having made an illegal $7,420 payment to a Navy employee who had been helpful in obtaining government contracts for the former Brooklyn Navy Yard.[3]

He resigned his seat as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and fined $20,000 for the marijuana possession and making illegal payment to a government employee.[1] He served nine months in prison.[4]

Richmond was one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and he engaged in a wide array of civic and charitable activities in New York. In college, he supported himself by playing the piano and forming the Freddie Richmond Swing Band.

He is currently a resident of New York City.


  1. ^ a b CongressionalBadBoys
  2. ^ Rudin, Ken (2007-06-06). "The Equal-Opportunity Culture of Corruption". Retrieved 2007-07-29.  
  3. ^ "Heading South", Page Six, New York Post, February 24, 2009
  4. ^ "The Foley Follies", by John W. Dean, FindLaw, October 6, 2006

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leonard Scholnick
New York City Council, 18th District
Succeeded by
Morton Povman
Preceded by
Mario Merola
New York City Council, 29th District
Succeeded by
Abraham Gerges
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Rooney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Guy V. Molinari


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