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12 Facts About Abscam
In March 1978, John F Good of the FBI's office in suburban Long Island created and oversaw a sting operation called "Abscam", which was initially intended to investigate theft, forgery and stolen art.
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Abscam then introduced Abdul to Senator Harrison Williams, who took the bait.
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Abscam was convicted on the federal bribery charges, for which he served about three years in prison.
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Abscam served the remainder of his term at the Integrity House halfway house, where he later became a member of the board of directors until his death by cancer on November 17,2001.
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Abscam attempted to receive a presidential pardon from President Bill Clinton but his request was denied.
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Abscam served two years before being released, and worked as a consultant in Washington until his death in 1989.
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Abscam was chairman for the Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries.
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Abscam claimed that he was conducting his own operation dealing with corruption and that the FBI was ruining his own investigation.
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Abscam too was videotaped in his encounter with undercover FBI operatives.
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