Ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff leaves federal prison camp for halfway house

By Associated Press
Thursday, June 10, 2010; A07

CUMBERLAND, MD. -- Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been released from prison to a halfway house in the mid-Atlantic region, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday.

Abramoff, 51, was released Tuesday from the minimum-security federal prison camp in western Maryland where he had been confined since November 2006 for fraud, corruption and conspiracy convictions, bureau spokesman Edmond Ross said.

Abramoff was moved to a residential reentry center, or halfway house, in a region encompassing much of Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, Ross said. He said he didn't know the location of the halfway house. CNN, citing a different bureau spokesman, reported that he was sent to a Maryland facility.

Abramoff's scheduled release date is Dec. 4, Ross said. He added that Abramoff could spend the last two to three weeks of his sentence in home confinement.

Abramoff cooperated in a long-running Justice Department investigation that led to the convictions of former House member Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), former deputy interior secretary J. Steven Griles and several top Capitol Hill aides.

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