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Jack Abramoff: Ex-Lobbyist, Ex-Con, Pizza Guy; Serving Pies at Baltimore Pizzeria

Jack Abramoff, foreground, leaves Federal Court in Washington Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006. The once-powerful lobbyist pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors investigating influence peddling that has threatened powerful members of the U.S. Congress. At right is his attorney Abbe Lowell. AP

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BALTIMORE, Md. (CBS/WJZ) Shamed Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff wasted no time joining the workforce, becoming the newest employee of a kosher pizzeria in Baltimore.

Abramoff, who just spent three-and-a-half years in a western Maryland minimum-security prison camp for corruption, conspiracy and fraud, went from the slammer to the kitchen when he started his first shift at Tov Pizza on Monday. Restaurant owner Ron Rosenbluth is teaching the former Capital Hill lobbyist about the business to aide with the company's marketing campaigns, said CBS affiliate WJZ.

Though the pizzeria appears to be an unlikely fit for the former power broker, Abramoff brings previous experience to the table. According to WJZ, Abramoff owned a kosher restaurant in Washington, experience Rosenbluth thought could generate revenue for the neighborhood restaurant.

After getting out of prison on June 8, Abramoff reported to a halfway house in Baltimore where he remained under the watchful eye of the Bureau of Prisons. A few days later Abramoff left the halfway house and was put on home confinement, reported Gretchen Crosland, a vice president with Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

In 2006, Abramoff was sentenced to nearly 6 years for a counterfeit casino deal, said WJZ. He received a simultaneous 4 year sentence for corrupting public officials, conspiring to defraud the government and swindling his clients in an independent case.

Only time will tell how the convicted felon assimilates back into society considering the significant pay-cut and the grind of the typical 9 to 5. Will his next photo be for Employee of the Month?


  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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