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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jack Abramoff sentenced to prison for fraud
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On March 29, 2006, former lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on conspiracy and fraud charges stemming from his falsification of documents to procure a loan for the 2000 purchase of the SunCruz Casino in South Carolina. The investigation leading to Abramoff's sentencing also implicated him and several politicians in a lobbying scandal involving the illegal exchanges of gifts for legislative support. The scandal led to US Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) pleading guilty to conspiracy charges, and the invocation of privilege by the Bush administration to avoid the disclosure of hundreds of documents.

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