Ex-Rep. Ney to be released early from prison

Former Congressman Bob Ney (R) is being released early from his 30-month prison term for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Ney pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements. He admitted accepting campaign contributions, trips, event tickets and other items of value from Abramoff in exchange for helping Abramoff's tribal clients. He took money from the Tigua Tribe of Texas and promised to pass legislation to reopen the tribe's casino.

Ney was to be released in May 2009. But he is expected to be transferred to a halfway house in anticipation of a release this August. He has been undergoing alcohol treatment in prison.

Former Interior deputy secretary J. Steven Griles is serving a 10-month sentence for his role in the scandal. He admitted he lied to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee about his relationship with Abramoff. He is due to be released this July.

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Former Rep. Ney gets earlier release date (AP 2/13)

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