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Jack Abramoff

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The arrest of Jack Abramoff:

This businessman and lobbyist was at the center of a 2006 lobbying scandal that not only led to his own conviction, but to another 21 people either pleading guilty or getting convicted, including U.S. Congressman Bob Ney of Ohio.

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jack Abramoff had closed ties to the Administration of President George W. Bush.

Jack Abramoff with George Bush

In late 2004, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee began probing Abramoff's lobbying efforts on behalf of Indian tribes and gambling casinos. He took the Fifth Amendment when called to testify in September 2004.

Jack Abramoff on cover of Time Magazine

Basically, Abramoff and his partners were accused on trying to get 85 million dollars in fees from the Indian casinos. And by January 2006, Abramoff pleaded guilty to three felony counts of conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion, linked to his lobbying work for Native American tribes.

Jack Abramoff

He not only defrauded his lobbying clients of millions of dollars, but also traded lavish gifts in exchange for political favors with members of Congress.

Abramoff served four years of a six year sentence at a minimum security prison camp in Cumberland, Maryland, working for a mere 12 cents an hour.

Abramoff's story was portrayed in the movie "Casino Jack", starring Kevin Spacey.

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