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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 reported.

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. "
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The Cat's Meow!

I find it odd that Jack Abramoff only got 3.5 years and 6 months probation while anybody in the real world would receive at least 15 years and 5 years probation.
Looks like there is two sides to the law. One for the ultra-rich and the other for the poor. Same thing may go down for Jack Madoff at the end of the day.

June 24 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If the system really wanted to teach him something they would make him work for minimum wage and learn what it's like to walk a mile in another persons shoes.

June 23 2010 at 1:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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