After months of denial, Rep. Robert Ney has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements in the Jack Abramoff scandal.

This isn’t a wrist slap, either.

The maximum sentence for the two counts is 10 years, but the Justice Department and Ney’s lawyers agreed on a sentencing recommendation of 27 months in prison, provided Ney continues to provide truthful information. The final sentence will be determined by a federal judge.

Ney could also be fined up to $500,000, according to the agreement.

Ney had already abandoned his re-election bid. I presume he’ll have to resign his Congressional seat.

Time to update the Hall of Shame.

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