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Former House Republican sentenced to 30 months in jail

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, who left office just before the midterm November elections for his role in a congressional bribery scandal, was sentenced in federal court Friday to 30 months in jail.

The U.S. District judge said Ney's actions were a "significant, serious abuse of the public trust."

Prosecutors had said they would seek a prison term of up to 27 months and $60,000 in fines at sentencing; Ney's lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle for no more than two years in prison for their client.

The six-term Republican from Ohio had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, deprive his constituents of honest service and violate his former chief of staff's one-year lobbying ban; and a count of making false statements to the House. The allegations stemmed from the long-running probe into actions by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Ney admitted trading political action for golf trips, tickets, meals and campaign donations from Abramoff.

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