YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WOIO) - Former Ohio Congressman Jim Traficant is expected to return to Northeast Ohio following his 7-year stint in a federal prison.
James "Jim" Traficant was released from a prison in Minnesota late Wednesday morning but his current whereabouts are unknown.
Sporting a grey t-shirt, white shorts and white knee-high socks, Traficant disappeared into a taxi van with one blue bag.
The 68-year-old was convicted in 2002 of bribery and racketeering charges.
Traficant will be on probation for the next 3-years, it is unknown if he will run again for public office. Traficant was a 9-term Democrat.
Community members are celebrating Traficant's return by decorating trees throughout town with yellow ribbons and hosting several appreciation events this week into next.