On January 3, 2006, prominent Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud related to the 2000 purchase of SunCruz Casinos by Abramoff and his business partners. In March 2006, a federal judge in Florida sentenced Abramoff to five years and 10 months in prison stemming from his falsification of documents to procure a loan for the purchase of SunCruz Casinos. Abramoff and co-defendant Adam Kidan were also ordered to pay $21 million in restitution. Later that day, the US Senate voted 90-8 to approve a lobbying reform bill passed in the wake of the scandal. In September 2008, Abramoff was sentenced to an additional four years in prison for tax evasion, fraud and conspiracy.
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