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article imageJack Abramoff, convicted lobbyist, now working in pizza parlor

By Joan Firstenberg     Jun 22, 2010 in Crime
Baltimore - A former very powerful lobbyist, Jack Abramoff served 43 months in prison on convictions of fraud, corruption and conspiracy. Now that he's been released from prison, he's serving pizza.
Disgraced, but not down, former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, just released from prison to a halfway house this month, already has a new job. The Baltimore Jewish Times reports that he will work at Baltimore's Best Kosher Pizza, "Tov Pizza" for at least six months. And he'll get to use some of his old skills on this job. Not only will he work in every area of the restaurant, but he's expected to contribute some marketing strategies to the business.
The store's owner, Ron Rosenbluth says he feels good to help Abramoff find a place to start his after-prison life, and that a fresh start is part of what Judaism stands for.
Abramoff, 51, served 43 months in a minimal security prison after being convicted on fraud, corruption and conspiracy charges, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
“We’re all Jews, we’re all on the same team. I’m more than happy to help a fellow Jew in any way I can.”
Ironically Abramoff actually brings some experience to the role. He was previously the owner of a kosher restaurant in Washington, D.C.
The New York Daily News reports that Abramoff, 51, was a Capitol Hill lobbyist and businessman who pled guilty in 2006 to felony counts related to his lobbying and political activities. He served 43 months in prison.
One of his former Jewish inmates at the Maryland prison says that during his incarceration, Abramoff gave lectures about Judaism. An anonymous source says Abramoff had a high profile status at the prison because of the media attention his case received.
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