Convicted NJ lawmaker to enter prison

August 25, 2009 5:08:52 AM PDT
A once-powerful New Jersey lawmaker is due to report to a federal prison in West Virginia Tuesday. Former state Sen. Wayne Bryant will serve a four-year sentence at the minimum-security camp in Beckley, W.Va.

Bryant was convicted of fraud and bribery charges in November.

Jurors found the lawmaker took a "low-show" job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in exchange for bringing state money to the institution.

The Democrat from Lawnside chose not to seek re-election in 2007 after serving 25 years in the Legislature, including a stint as chairman of the Senate budget committee.