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June 24, 2010 12:12 PM

Jack Abramoff's New Gig: Ex-Greenberg Partner Trades Penitentiary for Pizzeria

Posted by Brian Baxter

Fresh out of federal prison, former Greenberg Traurig partner and convicted felon Jack Abramoff has a new job at a Baltimore pizzeria, according to a report Thursday by The New York Times.

The Times says the disgraced lobbyist this week began working at Tov Pizza, an establishment that dubs itself "Baltimore's Best Kosher Pizza," after being released from prison earlier this month.

Abramoff began serving a six-year sentence at a Maryland prison in November 2006 on charges that he defrauded banks out of $23 million when buying a Florida casino cruise line in 2000. He received another four-year sentence in 2008 for various corruption and tax offenses related to an influence-peddling investigation that involved several Republican congressional leaders and members of the Bush administration.

Abramoff, who joined Greenberg in 2000 after a successful career at Preston, Gates & Ellis, is now living out of a halfway house in Baltimore after serving three-and-a-half years of his sentence at a minimum-security federal prison in nearby Cumberland, Md.

The Times reports that at Tov Pizza, Abramoff's daily activities so far don't include flipping pies. Instead he's staying out of the sight of news cameramen and prying reporters by working out of a back office.

The pizzeria's owner, Ron Rosenbluth, told the Times that Abramoff has been assisting him with marketing strategies. Abramoff previously owned and operated Signatures, a kosher restaurant in Washington, D.C., now under new management.

It was Tov's night manager, Jason Broth, who best explained the scope of those marketing duties to the Times.

"I think the marketing term is, there's no such thing as bad publicity," he said.

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I think it's greta that he is now working at a pizzeria. Why not!! Hey he deserves the best in pizza. On the other hand he does have a right to work, just not as an attorney. LOL.

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