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Jack Abramoff released from jail

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Ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, jailed for fraud and tax evasion, has been released to a halfway house, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press and other news outlets.

Abramoff was released Tuesday from a minimum-security prison in Maryland and sent to a halfway house in the mid-Atlantic area, prisons spokesman Edmond Ross told the AP.

The wide-ranging Abramoff investigation led to the prosecution of GOP former Ohio congressman Bob Ney and other public officials and helped Democrats seize control of Congress in 2006 as they promised to end what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dubbed a “culture of corruption” in Washington.

Abramoff’s sentence is up Dec. 4.

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