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Duke Cunningham Completes Prison Sentence

Former Congressman accepted bribes that included a luxury house and yacht



    Duke Cunningham Completes Prison Sentence
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    Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham (2nd R) walks into Federal Courthouse during the sentencing phase at the U.S. District Courthouse March 3, 2006 in San Diego, California.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons says former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham has completed his prison sentence for accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.

    Cunningham, as many San Diegans remember, was involved in a series of bribery scandals throughout his terms.

    The eight-term lawmaker pleaded guilty to accepting bribes that included a luxury house, yacht, travel and antiques.

    On Tuesday, the 71-year-old convicted felon was released from home confinement the bureau's spokesperson Chris Burke said.

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    Burke declined to say where or elaborate on the circumstances, citing privacy and safety concerns.

    The former Navy flying ace during the Vietnam War was sentenced to more than eight years in prison, one of the longest terms ever given to a member of Congress.

    He had been under house arrest since February.