Traficant To Serve Sentence At Pennsylvania Prison

By JOE MILICIA, Associated Press Writer

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - U.S. marshals transferred ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr. from an Ohio jail to a federal prison in Pennsylvania where he will serve eight years for bribery and racketeering.

Traficant arrived at the Federal Correctional Institution Allenwood in White Deer, Pa., at 2:45 p.m. Monday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Allenwood is an all-male, low-security prison in central Pennsylvania, about 200 miles east of Traficant's congressional district in Youngstown, Ohio. It houses 1,375 inmates.

Traficant (pictured in mug shot, above) had requested to be placed in an Ohio prison so he can run for re-election Nov. 5 as an independent in the 17th District.

The U.S. Constitution states that a congressional candidate must be a resident of the state where he is seeking office on the day of the election. However, there is no precedent for someone running from prison.

Marshals picked Traficant up at Summit County Jail in Akron, Ohio at 8:47 a.m. Monday, said Maj. Charles Pongracz of the sheriff's department. Traficant had been housed at the jail since last week when he was sentenced.

Traficant, 61, was convicted in April on 10 counts, including bribery, racketeering and tax evasion. Last month, he became only the second congressman thrown out since the Civil War.

He represented the Youngstown area in Congress from 1984 until this year.

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