Former OFPP chief Safavian gets 18 months

Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator David Safavian received an 18-month sentence today after being convicted of obstruction of justice and concealment charges about his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman handed down the lighter punishment instead of giving Safavian, the former General Services Administration's chief of staff, up to three years.

The Associated Press reported that Safavian gave a 30-minute appeal and wept when Friedman handed down the sentence.

The FBI arrested Safavian last September and he spent the last year fighting the accusations.

The court found him guilty in June, and Safavian asked for a new trial, but his request was denied.

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