The AP is reporting that disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has landed a new job at a kosher pizzeria in Baltimore soon after his release from prison.
Abramoff began working Monday at Tov Pizza, Ron Rosenbluth, the restaurant’s owner, said Tuesday. The former Washington power broker, whose activities led to the conviction of a congressman, is learning about the business and will eventually be helping with its marketing, Rosenbluth said.
Abramoff was released from a minimum-security prison camp in western Maryland on June 8 after serving about 3 1/2 years for fraud, corruption and conspiracy. He reported to a halfway house in Baltimore and remains under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons until his Dec. 4 release date.
Abramoff previously owned a kosher restaurant in Washington. Rosenbluth said he reached out to Abramoff because he thought he could bring in business to the 26-year-old establishment.
The restaurant has employed more than a dozen people out of halfway houses in the past, Rosenbluth said.
“It’s something that we did because I think it’s the right thing to do,” Rosenbluth said. “He’s been exactly the same as everybody else here.”
Abramoff’s employment with Tov Pizza was first reported by the Baltimore Jewish Times. Abramoff is an Orthodox Jew, and the restaurant is located in a heavily Jewish section of northwest Baltimore.