Former Abramoff lobbyist, Hill aide indicted

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A one-time congressional aide who went on to work with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been indicted on public corruption charges.

A 10-count federal indictment unsealed Monday charges Kevin Ring, 37, with conspiring with Abramoff to corrupt congressional and executive-branch officials by giving them things of value as a reward for helping Ring and his clients.

Prior to becoming a lobbyist with Abramoff, Ring worked for Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., who remains under investigation in the Abramoff probe.

Abramoff was sentenced last week to four years in prison.

The Justice Department said the indictment was returned by a grand jury on Friday and unsealed Monday after Ring was arrested. Ring was to appear in court later Monday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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