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Jack Abramoff is sentenced to jail

Breaking news from the Miami coutroom: admitted felon and former super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, along with his former business partner Adam Kidan, has been sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in jail, for the guilty plea to charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in their purchase of the SunCruz fleet of gambling boats. The two have also been ordered to pay $21 million in restitution.

The sentence was the minimum allowed under the plea bargain Abramoff made with authorities. He will not begin serving his sentence until he is finished working with federal prosecutors in Washington on the wide-ranging scandal probe that could involve up to 20 members of Congress.

-Gordon Clark


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