Abramoff Sentencing Closer
Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, imprisoned for a fraud case in Florida, have asked a federal judge to sentence the former Republican power broker in September for his actions in the Washington lobbying scandal, according to documents filed in federal court.
Abramoff is currently serving five years and 10 months in prison for his role in the fraudulent purchase of a fleet of casino cruise boats in Florida. Under terms of his original plea agreement, Abramoff can expect to receive a jail sentence of 9 1/2 to 11 years, and he is required to make restitution of $26.7 million to the IRS and to the Indian tribes he defrauded. The initial plea in the lobbying corruption contemplated Abramoff serving a reduced sentence in exchange for his cooperation.
While serving his time at a federal prison in Cumberland, Md., Abramoff has been cooperating and received frequent visits from federal investigators who have secured convictions of more than a dozen lobbyists and government officials. Still under investigation are Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) and Tom DeLay , the former House majority leader.
When Abramoff pleaded guilty in January 2006 to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials the White House provided ill-informed and incomplete statements regarding the involvement of officials working for President Bush, according to a draft report from a congressional committee described in a Post article by James Grimaldi today. Grimaldi also discusses the report in today's Political Podcast on washingtonpost.com.
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