Columbus, Ohio (WiredPRNews.com) — Robert Ney, 54, who was a former congressman is now officially known as federal prisoner number 28882-016. He will see the completion of his sentence this Friday which is less than two years of his initially determined term. He plead guilty to charges of corruption that stemmed from an investigation of the dealings of presently imprisoned lobbyist, Abramoff with Congress.
Ney, who is an eight term Republican belonging to Eastern Ohio, was sent to a federal prison located in Morgantown in tMarch 2007. According to the officials of the federal prison, in February, he was transferred to a halfway house situated in Cincinnati and was sentenced to 30 months. With this release, he would have served 17 ½ months of his term.
The manager for community corrections at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael Real, stated that Ney is being released earlier owing to his good behavior in the prison and because he participated actively in alcohol and drug programs. Ney, in the guilty pleas, informed the federal judge about his being alcoholic so he was subjected to compulsory testing since the time he entered prison.
As per the March 2008 reports of The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, Ney was working as researcher for an Ohio liberal-talk radio-station.
So far, Ney is counted as the sole lawmaker who has was charged in the Abramoff investigation which is still ongoing. He flew once with Abramoff to the famous Old Course which is located at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has admitted that he helped a client of the lobbyist in an exchange for expensive meals, tickets for Skybox sports and campaign contributions. Ney has also confessed that he took a large amount of money in gambling chips from one of the international businessmen who sought Ney’s help with the State Department.