Ex-Bush Aide Convicted In Abramoff Scandal

Former Bush administration official David Safavian leaves U.S. District Court in Washington Friday, Oct. 27, 2006. A federal judge sentenced him to 18 months in prison in the Jack Abramoff lobbying case Friday.
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A former Bush administration official has been convicted for lying about his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

It was the second time David Safavian had been convicted by a jury in the Abramoff lobbying scandal. Safavian's first conviction was overturned on appeal.

Safavian was found guilty of obstruction and making false statements to investigators. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

He was convicted of trying to hide his relationship with Abramoff and his participation in Abramoff's now-famous golf junket to Scotland with members of Congress.

The former chief of staff for the General Services Administration is the only person in the scandal to take his case to trial.