Sunday, September 17, 2006

Ney (R) Ohio, Admits Guilt in Abramoff Case, Faces Prison Term

U.S. Representative Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican, is facing more than two years in prison after becoming the first lawmaker to admit criminal conduct in connection with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Ney, 52, agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and making false statements, admitting in court papers he accepted gifts and travel from Abramoff and thousands of dollars in gambling chips from another business executive in return for legislative favors. The congressman also said he has a problem with alcohol dependence and is seeking professional help.

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