Safavian Convicted Again in Abramoff Scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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