Saturday, October 28, 2006
Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Former White House official David Safavian was sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying and obstructing justice in the investigation of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Safavian, 39, was convicted June 20 of hiding his efforts to help Abramoff get government business and obstructing an inquiry into a golfing trip they took to Scotland. Each of the four counts on which he was convicted carried a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
``This was an abuse of the public's trust,'' U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said in imposing sentence today in Washington.
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