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Abramoff Cohort Gets 20 Months Behind Bars

WASHINGTON (CN) - Former lobbyist and Jack Abramoff cohort Kevin Ring was sentenced to 20 months in prison for his role in a scheme to bribe public officials with vacations, meals, and valuable tickets to exclusive concerts and sporting events.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle also sentenced Ring to 30 months of supervised release following his incarceration.

Ring was convicted on Nov. 15, 2010, of one count of conspiring to corrupt congressional and executive-branch officials by providing things of value to them and their staff members. The bribes were meant to induce or reward those who took official actions benefitting Ring and his clients. He was also convicted of one count of paying a gratuity to a public official and three counts of honest-services wire fraud. He was acquitted on three counts of honest-services fraud.

"Evidence at trial established Ring to be the 'COO of Team Abramoff,' and at one of his sentencing hearing, the court also found that evidence at trial established that Ring was a supervisor of the conspiracy," the Justice Department said in a press release.

Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in January 2006 to conspiracy to commit honest-services fraud, honest-services fraud and tax evasion, was sentenced in September 2007 to 48 months in prison.

"To date, 20 individuals, including lobbyists and public officials, have pleaded guilty or have been convicted at trial in connection with the ongoing investigation into the activities of Abramoff and his associates," the DOJ said.

Ring's case was prosecuted by Assistant Chief Nathaniel Edmonds of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and Deputy Chief Peter Koski of the Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section.

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