Two weeks out of prison, disgraced lobbyist
Jack Abramoff has found a job far from the corridors of power where he became a symbol of the corrupting influence of money on Capitol Hill
: he's working in a Baltimore pizza restaurant.
Abramoff, who served three-and-a-half years behind bars, has been hired for a six-month stint at Tov Pizza
, which claims it has sold the city's best kosher pie since 1984, Baltimore's Jewish Times
Tov's owner, Ron Rosenbluth, told the newspaper that Abramoff, who once owned a kosher restaurant in Washington, will work in all aspects of the food service business, with a focus on marketing strategies. The job will be the first step in Abramoff's transition back into the community and will be overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which still has authority over him.
Abramoff, 51, was released
from federal prison June 9 and and sent to a Baltimore halfway house
to complete his sentence on fraud and conspiracy convictions. He is expected to be released from custody Dec. 4.
Abramoff was held in a western Maryland prison camp since 2006, serving time for a bogus Florida casino deal, defrauding his lobbying
clients and conspiracy to bribe public officials.
In a plea agreement in 2005
, Abramoff cooperated with the Justice Department and helped bring down his friend, former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles and several Capitol Hill aides -- all convicted of corruption-related charges.
Abramoff, a Republican, has expressed remorse but also cooperated in a 2008 book, "The Perfect Villain: John McCain
and the Demonization of Lobbyist Jack Abramoff," in which he blamed the Arizona senator for making him a fall guy. Abramoff was also the subject of a a documentary film, "Casino Jack and the United States of Money