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ABRAMOFF, FEDS DISCUSSING PLEA DEAL MIAMI � Former Greenberg Traurig lobbyist Jack Abramoff is discussing a plea deal with prosecutors that would give him up to 80 months in prison and require him to cooperate in a wide-ranging Washington corruption probe, according to a high-level source familiar with the case. Abramoff is under indictment in Miami and facing trial for allegedly faking a wire transfer in the purchase of the Dania Beach, Fla.-based SunCruz Casinos fleet of gambling boats from Gus Boulis. Last week, his co-defendant, Adam Kidan, accepted a plea deal that calls for him to serve 70 to 80 months in prison in exchange for his cooperation with the government in the SunCruz case as well as in first-degree murder cases against three men charged with gunning down Boulis in Fort Lauderdale in February 2001. According to the source, Abramoff likely would get the same deal offered to Kidan � 70 to 80 months in prison. Abramoff is at the center of a probe into possible corruption involving key members of Congress. Abramoff and his partner, Michael Scanlon, collected more than $80 million from Indian tribes to lobby Congress primarily on casino gambling. The Justice Department is investigating whether Abramoff gave trips, gifts and campaign donations to members of Congress in exchange for their cooperation and votes. Federal investigators also are looking into whether Abramoff and Scanlon defrauded the tribes. Scanlon pleaded guilty last month in a plea bargain. If Abramoff agrees to fully cooperate in the investigation, that could have major implications for the lawmakers, lobbyists and other political figures he and his associates dealt with during Abramoff’s time as an influential lobbyist in Washington. � Miami Daily Business Review

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