Lawyer Says Abramoff's Family Living 'Just Above Poverty Line'
By James V. Grimaldi
Washington Post Staff Writer
Attorneys for imprisoned former lobbyist Jack Abramoff said yesterday that his wife and five children are living "just above the poverty line" and he should be permitted to continue spending a tax refund of more than $500,000 to pay back his lawyers and creditors, as well as those who have helped his family make ends meet.
The filing by Abramoff's legal team came in response to move by the Justice Department last month to stop Abramoff from using the tax refund to pay his bills. The government lawyers told U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle that a previous court order required Abramoff to first make $23 million restitution to Indian tribes and others he has admitted defrauding.
Abramoff, who has been behind bars since 2006, received a $520,189 refund from the IRS on May 4 and has already spent a significant chunk of it to pay outstanding bills.
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June 3, 2009; 12:26 PM ET
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